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Lab Test Dictionary

Enterovirus RNA, Qualitative RT-PCR (15082)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)


EV PCR; EV D68; Coxsackie Virus PCR; Echovirus 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

1-2 mL Blood

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

Plasma collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) or ACD Solution A/B (yellow-top) tube; or serum collected in a (red-top) tube; or 0.5-1 g stool collected in a sterile leak-proof container; or 0.3-0.5 mL rectal, throat, lesion or nasopharyngeal swab collected in VCM medium (green-cap) or equivalent (UTM) is also acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

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

Test Volume Required

0.7 mL Serum or Plasma

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL Serum or Plasma

Processing Instructions

Separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Avoid repeated freezing and thawing of specimens. Indicate source in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet.


This test does not differentiate among the EV serotypes. For CSF, refer to the in house Enterovirus PCR, Qualitative.

CPT Codes