Ordering Recommendation

Do not use for diagnosis of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infectious mononucleosis. Use to detect EBV in individuals suspected of having EBV-related disease. Epstein-Barr Virus by Quantitative PCR (0051352) is preferred for plasma and serum specimens.




Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction




1-4 days

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York DOH approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

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, tissues in optimal cutting temperature compound.


Specimen source required.


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

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR)


Hotline History


CPT Codes



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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Epstein-Barr Virus by Qualitative PCR