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BK Virus PCR (Qualitative) - tissue specimen (e.g., kidney biopsy)

  • LIS Mnemonic: BKVPCR

    Collect

    Kidney biopsy specimen in viral transport medium

    Volume Required

    N/A

    Minimum Required

    punch biopsy size

    Transport

    Keep specimen at 4C

    Unacceptable conditions

    Tissue not in viral transport medium

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Same day

Reflex Testing

N/A

CPT

87798 (qualitative BK virus PCR); 87799 (quantitative BK virus PCR)

Methodology

Amplification and detection of BK virus DNA using real-time TaqMan PCR and nucleic acid primer/probe pairs specific for conserved regions of the BK virus genome. This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Interpretation

If positive, results are reported as BK virus DNA detected.

Reference Values

Negative or no BK virus DNA detected

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