Respiratory Pathogen Panel

Advanced Medical Diagnostics of Texas offers rapid identification and  resistance testing of respiratory pathogens to help patients get the most  effective antibiotic treatment for their upper respiratory infections. Young, 

elderly, and immunocompromised individuals are particularly vulnerable to  morbidity and mortality due to acute respiratory illnesses. Respiratory  infections in these populations are often caused by more than one pathogen  (Multiple Pathogen Respiratory Infections). Our advanced technology and  testing methods can be used to detect multiple pathogens at once, and is  essential for infection control in these complicated cases. Other, less  advanced respiratory pathogen tests have higher probabilities for producing  false negative results, which can lead to a misdiagnosis, delayed treatment,  and poor clinical outcomes. 

Real-time PCR identifies pathogens and detects antibiotic resistance in  24 to 48 hours. 

  • PCR Tests are the most accurate form of respiratory pathogen testing.  Unlike other testing methods, PCR allows providers to get fast and  accurate results that enable them to treat patients with respiratory  illnesses in a more timely fashion. 
  • PCR Testing helps reach a diagnosis more accurately than Point-of Care Antigen Assays. 
  • Polymicrobial infections are easily detected with PCR Testing.
  • PCR Tests are unaffected by the presence of antibiotics.
  •  PCR Tests detect drug resistant bacteria present in the patient’s sample.
  •  PCR Tests facilitate faster clinical decisions. 
  • PCR Tests reduce the chance of a false negative result, improving the  accuracy of the initial diagnosis. 
  • PCR Tests aid in the prevention of antibiotic resistance.
  • PCR Tests reduce the likelihood of prescribing unnecessary drugs and  lower the risk of adverse reactions. 

Additionally, viruses are responsible for most cases of the common cold. For best results, antiviral medications (ex: Tamiflu, etc) are more effective when  the infection is diagnosed within 48 hours of symptom onset. PCR Tests help  

identify the difference between a viral infection and a bacterial infection.  This is another reason why it is important to use PCR Testing for any  potential respiratory infection. We want to provide you with an accurate  diagnosis right away to determine whether an antibiotic or an antiviral  medication is indicated for your treatment. 

Respiratory Pathogen Panel tests are collected via a nasopharyngeal swab.  You can expect your results within 24-48 hours of the sample arriving at the  lab. 

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