Epstein-Barr Virus by PCR
Ordering Recommendation

Do not use for diagnosis of infectious mononucleosis. Order to detect Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in individuals suspected of having EBV-related disease.

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
1-4 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), serum separator tube, OR Bone marrow aspirate in lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA), OR CSF or tissue. 
Specimen Preparation
Separate serum or plasma from cells. Transfer 1 mL serum, plasma, bone marrow or CSF to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL). OR Tissue: Transfer to sterile container and freeze immediately. Also acceptable: Formalin fixed and paraffin embedded tissue. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Paraffin-Embedded Tissue: Room temperature. Bone marrow:  Refrigerated. All others: Frozen. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Heparinized specimens. Tissues in formalin (not paraffin embedded) or other preservatives. 
Specimen source required. 
Fresh Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 1 year.
Paraffin Embedded Tissue:
Ambient: Indefinitely; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: Unacceptable.
Bone Marrow:
Ambient: 7 days ; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 7 days.
All others:
Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 1 year. 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Compliance Statement A: Analyte specific reagents (ASR) are used in many laboratory tests necessary for standard medical care and generally do not require U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or clearance. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions. This test should not be regarded as investigational or for research use.

Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0050117Epstein Barr Virus Source31208-2
0050246Epstein Barr Virus by PCR5005-4
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