Ordering Recommendation

Qualitative nucleic acid amplification testing for parvovirus B19. For plasma and serum specimens, Parvovirus B19 by Quantitative PCR (2012043) is preferred to establish a diagnosis, differentiate low-level persistence from clinically relevant infection, monitor response to treatment, and predict relapse in immunocompromised hosts.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Serum Separator Tube (SST). Also acceptable: Amniotic fluid, CSF, tissue, paraffin embedded tissue, or synovial fluid.

Specimen Preparation

Separate serum or plasma from cells. Transfer 1 mL serum, plasma, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, CSF, or synovial fluid to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL)
Fresh Tissue: Transfer fresh tissue to a sterile container and freeze immediately.
Paraffin Embedded Tissue: Transport in a Tissue Transport Kit (ARUP supply #47808), available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact
ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Bone Marrow:
Paraffin Embedded Tissue:
Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Heparinized specimens, tissues in optimal cutting temperature compound.


Specimen source required.


Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 6 months
Bone Marrow: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 week
Fresh Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 6 months
Paraffin Embedded Tissue: Ambient: Indefinitely; Refrigerated: Indefinitely; Frozen: Unacceptable


Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction


Mon, Wed, Fri


1-4 days

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

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060043 Parvovirus B19 by Qualitative PCR 9572-9
2002178 Parvovirus B19 by Qual PCR, Source 31208-2
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Parvovirus B19 by Qualitative PCR