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CSF Meningitis/Encephalitis (ME) Nucleic Acid Detection Test (CSFME)


Multiplexed Nucleic Acid Test


Biofire; ME Panel; E coli K1 PCR; Haemophilus influenza PCR; Listeria PCR; Neisseria meningitides PCR; Streptococcus PCR; CMV PCR; Enterovirus PCR; Herpesvirus PCR; HSV PCR; Parechovirus PCR; VZV PCR; Cryptococcus PCR; CSF Meningitis/Encephalitis PCR Pathogen Panel

Specimen Type


Performing Lab

UCSD Microbiology

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

4 Hours

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-1 mL CSF

Container Type

Sterile Container

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 24 Hours; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Rejection Criteria

Grossly contaminated with blood

Test Volume Required

1 mL CSF

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL CSF

Processing Instructions

Do not centrifuge. Complete UCSD Microbiology/Virology requisition and submit with specimen refrigerated. If ordered STAT, indicate STAT on the requisition form. Ok to thaw specimen. Do not send frozen. Send with scheduled TForce courier in the morning Monday-Friday or call in a RUSH pickup including afterhours and on weekends. Best time to submit samples to UCSD is between 0700-Midnight. Monitor for results to call to clinician in a timely manner.

Included Tests

E coli K1, Haemophilus Influenzae, Listeria Monocytogenes, Neisseria Meningitidis, Streptococcus Agalactiae, Streptococcus Pneumoniae, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Enterovirus (EV), HSV1, HSV2, Human Herpesvirus 6, Human Parechovirus, Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) and Cryptococcus Neoformans/Gattii PCR.

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