EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS BY PCR SERUM OR PLASMA

Mnemonic

EBVPCRS

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one plain red, gold (SST) or lavender (EDTA) top tube

Handling

Serum or Plasma: Centrifuge blood samples ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Remove serum or plasma before transporting and freeze.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL serum, plasma

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Frozen

Rejection Criteria

Heparinized specimens

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 1 year

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

2-5 days

Method

Polymerase Chain Reaction

Referral Lab

ARUP (50246)

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative:    Epstein-Barr virus not detected by PCR.
Positive:      Epstein-Barr virus detected by PCR.

Comments

A negative result does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or Epstein-Barr virus DNA in concentrations below the level of detection of the assay.

CPT Codes

87798

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:09 AM