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Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) PCR (Qualitative) - ocular specimen

  • LIS Mnemonic: EBVPCR

    Collect

    Ocular specimens

    Volume Required

    N/A

    Minimum Required

    N/A

    Transport

    Keep specimen at 4C

    Processing

    Conjuntival swabs, conjunctival mass biopsy, corneal swabs, tear samples, aqueous humor, vitreous humor, corneal biopsy, and retinal biopsy specimens are acceptable, depending on the type of eye involvement.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Swab specimens not received in viral transport medium or received in bacteriological transport medium are discouraged. DO NOT USE CALCIUM ALGINATE OR WOODEN SHAFT SWABS FOR COLLECTION OF SPECIMENS; ONLY USE DACRON OR RAYON TIPPED SWABS ON PLASTIC OR METAL SHAFTS.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Same day

Reflex Testing

N/A

CPT

87798

Methodology

Amplification and detection of EBV DNA of the nonglycosylated membrane protein BNRF1 p143 gene using TaqMan real-time PCR technology. This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Interpretation

If positive, results are reported as Epstein-Barr virus DNA detected.

Reference Values

Negative or no Epstein-Barr virus DNA detected

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