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Lab Test Dictionary

Babesia species, Molecular Detection, PCR (BABPB)


RT-PCR; DNA Probe Hybridization


Babesiosis; Babesia microti; Babesia duncani; Babesia divergens; Babesia MO-1

Specimen Type

Whole Blood

Performing Lab

Mayo Medical Lab

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days

Monday-Saturday; Varies

Standard TAT

1-4 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.5-1 mL Whole Blood

Container Type

Lavender (EDTA)

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 7 Days (Preferred); Frozen: 7 Days

Rejection Criteria

Gross lipemia; Heparin (green-top) tube

Test Volume Required

1 mL Whole Blood

Minimum Test Volume

0.5 mL Whole Blood

Included Tests

Babesia microti, Babesia duncani and Babesia divergens/MO-1.

CPT Codes

87798 (x2); 87469