Ordering Recommendation

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

Mnemonic
EBVPCR
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

2-6 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Lavender (K2EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Serum Separator Tube (SST). Also acceptable: Bone marrow aspirate in Lavender (K2EDTA) or Pink (K2EDTA), OR CSF or tissue.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 1 mL whole blood, bone marrow or CSF to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL)
Serum or Plasma: Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum, plasma to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL)
Tissue: Transfer to sterile container and freeze immediately.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Whole Blood or Bone Marrow: Refrigerated.
All others: Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions

Heparinized specimens.

Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Whole Blood or Bone Marrow: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 week
Fresh Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 1 year
All others: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 1 year

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR)

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87798

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0050117 Epstein Barr Virus Source 31208-2
0050246 Epstein Barr Virus by PCR 5005-4
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Aliases
  • EBV
  • EBV PCR
  • EBV qualitative
  • herpes
  • HHV-4
  • Human herpesvirus 4
Epstein-Barr Virus by Qualitative PCR