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Epstein-Barr Virus by Quantitative PCR

Mnemonic

EBV QNT

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one plain red, lavender (EDTA)

Handling

Separate serum or plasma from cells. Transfer 1 mL serum, plasma, whole blood, or CSF to a sterile container.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL Serum/Plasma (1.2 mL minimum whole blood draw)

Transport

Frozen
Whole Blood: Refrigerated

Rejection Criteria

Heparinized specimens

Stability

Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 1 year
Whole Blood: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 week

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

2-5 days

Method

Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Referral Lab

ARUP (51352)

Reference Values

Reference Values

Not detected

Comments

The quantitative range of this assay is 2.6-7.6 log copies/mL (390-39,000,000 copies/mL).

A negative result, less than 2.6 log copies/mL or less than 390 copies/mL, does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or EBV DNA nucleic acid in concentrations below the level of detection of the assay. Inhibition may also lead to underestimation of viral quantitation.

CPT Codes

87799

Last Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2019 07:29:50 PM


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