FilmArray® respiratory panel performance in respiratory samples from neonatal care units

Antonio Piralla, Giovanna Lunghi, Elena Percivalle, Cristina Viganò, Teresa Nasta, Lorenza Pugni, Fabio Mosca, Mauro Stronati, Erminio Torresani, Fausto Baldanti

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FilmArray Respiratory Panel (RP) (Idaho Technology, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, USA) performance was retrospectively evaluated in respiratory samples collected from neonates in 2 reference neonatology units. Using the FilmArray RP assay, 121/152 (79.6%) samples were positive for at least 1 respiratory virus, while 31/152 (20.4%) were negative. FilmArray RP results were concordant in 68/72 (94.4%) respiratory samples tested with laboratory-developed real-time PCR assays, while in 4/72 (5.6%) samples, the FilmArray RP assay detected an additional virus (2 human rhinovirus/enterovirus and 2 bocavirus). In addition, FilmArray RP results for 70 of 80 (87.5%) respiratory samples tested were concordant with the Seegene Seeplex RV15® detection assay (Seegene, Inc., Seoul, South Korea), while 10/80 (12.5%) were discordant. The advantages of the FilmArray RP are the rapid detection of respiratory viruses (1 hour), the wide number of pathogens detectable in a single assay, and the reduced hands-on time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • FilmArray
  • Multiple PCR tests
  • Respiratory viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine(all)


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