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Epstein Barr Virus DNA, Qualitative RT-PCR (34179)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)



Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

1 Day

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-1 mL Whole Blood or Bone Marrow collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube or CSF collected in a sterile container

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

1 mL Blood collected in a serum separator tube (SST); or Tissue, Bronchoalveolar lavage or Eye fluid collected in a sterile container is also acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 8 Days; Frozen: 30 Days (Unacceptable for Whole Blood or Bone Marrow)

Test Volume Required

1 mL

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL

Processing Instructions

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


For plasma, refer to EBV DNA, Qualitative (LAB001337) done in-house.

CPT Codes