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Lab Test Dictionary

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Molecular Detection, PCR (LEBV)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization


Infectious Mononucleosis; LightCycler EBV

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Mayo Medical Lab

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days

Monday-Friday; A.M.

Standard TAT

5-7 Days

Collection Information

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

Fluid (CSF, Body (ex: Pericardial Fluid), Ocular) 0.3-0.5 mL collected in a sterile container. Respiratory (Bronchial washing, Bronchoalveolar lavage, Nasopharyngeal aspirate/washing, Sputum, Tracheal aspirate): 1-1.5 mL collected in a sterile container. Miscellaneous CultureSwab (Eye, Nasal, Throat): placed back into swab cylinder. Fresh Tissue (Brain, Colon, Kidney, Liver, Lung, etc.): in a sterile container with 1-2 mL of sterile saline or multi-microbe medium (M5). Random Urine: 0.3-1 mL collected in a sterile container. Bone marrow: 0.5 mL collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

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

Rejection Criteria

Calcium alginate-tipped swab; Wood swab; Transport swab containing gel; Blood; Serum; Stool; Paraffin blocks; Breast milk

Processing Instructions

Indicate source in comments and on specimen.

CPT Codes