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what is the definition or description of: influenza on rt pcr test?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Detection test: Rt-pcr is reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction; it is a way to amplify and detect the presence of certain sequences of rna, in this case, the ones particular to influenza.
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Definition: It is an amplification technique where even small amounts of viral RNA can be detected. This test is primarily for remote community practices and non-nasopharyngeal specimens, as it is performed 1x/day.

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