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Test ID MUMPR Mumps Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Buccal

Ordering Guidance

Polymerase chain reaction testing (this test) is recommended as the first-line test if a patient has symptoms of mumps (ie, fever, swollen salivary/parotid glands).


If serology has been performed and IgM-class antibodies against mumps are detected (MMPGM / Mumps Virus Antibody, IgM and IgG, Serum), this test should be ordered to confirm mumps infection.

Shipping Instructions

Specimens should be transported as soon as possible.

Specimen Required

Specimen Type: Buccal Swab

Supplies: Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

Container/Tube: Sterile container with transport media

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect specimen by swabbing back and forth over mucosal surface around buccal cavity (the space near the upper rear molars between the cheek and the teeth) to maximize recovery of cells.

2. Swab must be placed into viral transport media (eg, M4-RT, M4, M5, Barthels FlexTrans Media or Jiangsu Transport Media)

Useful For

Rapid qualitative detection of mumps virus using buccal swab specimens

Method Name

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Reporting Name

Mumps Virus PCR, Buccal

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.3 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Swab Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Reference Values


Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Report Available

1 to 3 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
MUMPR Mumps Virus PCR, Buccal 47532-7


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
617823 Mumps Virus PCR, Buccal 47532-7