EHRLICHIA DETECTION BY AMPLIFIED PROBE (EHD)
: Molecular Infectious Disease
: EHD, Ehrlichia DNA, Ehrlichia PCR
: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
: Not detected
: CSF container - 1.0 mL , lavender top (EDTA) - 4.0 mL
: CSF or whole blood
: Need Medical Director approval
: CSF container - 1.0 mL, lavender top (EDTA) - 1.0 mL
: 1.0 mL
: 0.5 mL
: Room Temperature: same day, refrigerated: overnight, frozen: longer than overnight
: Room temperature: same day, refrigerated: overnight, frozen: longer than overnight
Reasons for Rejection
: Alternative specimen sent without Medical Director approval
: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
: Once per day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (batched)
: 24 hours (Monday - Friday)
: Human ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne rickettsial disease of great public health concern in the United States. Clinical diagnosis of human ehrlichiosis has been difficult because its typical nonspecific presentation of symptoms include fever, headache, myalgias, arthralgias and nausea. This is easily confused with other illnesses such as influenza or other tick-borne zoonoses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This PCR assay for detection of ehrlichiosis makes it possible for early, specific diagnosis and treatment of this disease.
: Other sources or 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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