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Lab Test Dictionary

Enterovirus/Parechovirus RNA, Qualitative RT-PCR (70189)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

1-2 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-0.7 mL CSF in a sterile-leak proof container; 0.5-1 g Stool in a sterile leak-proof container; Throat or Rectal swab in VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM)

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

1-2 mL Blood collected for plasma in an EDTA (lavender-top) or an ACD Solution A/B (yellow-top) tube or for serum in a serum separator tube (SST) is also acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: 30 Days

Rejection Criteria

Specimens containing heparin; Calcium alginate swabs

Test Volume Required

0.7 mL or 1 g

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL or 0.5 g

Processing Instructions

Indicate source in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet. Submit stool specimens frozen.

CPT Codes

87498, 87798