Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
See Collection Instructions
Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano
Other Reference Test
0.5-1 mL Whole Blood or Bone Marrow collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube or CSF collected in a sterile container
1-2 mL Blood collected in a serum separator tube (SST); or Bronchoalveolar lavage or Eye fluids collected in a sterile container is also acceptable.
Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 8 Days; Frozen: 30 Days (Unacceptable for Whole Blood or Bone Marrow)
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, Quantitative (LAB001351) done in-house.