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EBV DETECTION BY AMPLIFIED PROBE (EBD)

Department: Molecular Infectious Disease
Test Synonym(s): Epstein Barr Virus, EBD
CPT Codes: 87798
Methodology: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Reference Range: Not detected
Tube Type: CSF container - 1.0 mL, lavender top (EDTA) - 4.0 mL
Specimen: CSF or whole blood
Alternate Specimen: Need Medical Director approval
Pediatric Requirements: CSF container - 1.0 mL, lavender top (EDTA) - 1.0 mL
Volume: 1.0 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL
Temperature: Room Temperature: same day, refrigerated: overnight, frozen: longer than overnight
Stability: Room temperature: same day, refrigerated: overnight, frozen: longer than overnight
Reasons for Rejection: Alternative specimen sent without Medical Director approval
Days Performed: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Times Performed: Once per day on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (batched)
Significance: EBV is an important pathogen causing central nervous system infections. Prompt recognition of the presence of EBV is critical to the patient care and differential diagnosis. Cell cultures have not been reliable for recovering this virus from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Detection of EBV DNA in CSF is now the gold standard for the laboratory diagnosis of central nervous system diseases caused by this virus.
Special Instructions: Other sources / samples may be acceptable for this test; please check with the lab, 615-936-6435. Click here to print the Molecular Diagnostics requisition.

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