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Epstein Barr Virus PCR


Blood
Test performed by: LabPLUS VIM Molecular Diagnostics


Viral Load results may be adversely affected by delays in transport.


Specimen Collection

A dedicated specimen (i.e. no other tests to be performed) is required for this assay.

Do not use heparin tubes

Do not use serum samples

Do not separate EDTA samples

Do not spin PPT samples


EDTA4 mL EDTA Whole Blood (Preferred)
Micro-EDTA500 uL Paediatric Micro-EDTA Whole Blood (Preferred)

Note: 500 uL is the absolute minimum volume required for the test.


PPT5 mL Adult PPT Whole Blood

Do not freeze unseparated PPT tubes . If the specimen requires freezing, the supernatant must be removed from the gel first.

Plasma Viral Load

Plasma testing should only detect active virus, not latent virus. Whole blood testing will detect both.

If you require plasma viral load you MUST write PLASMA EBV VIRAL LOAD on the form. All other requests will get whole blood testing.


Turnaround Time: Between 3 days and 1 week
Assay Method

EBV quantitation is done using LightMix from TIBMOLBIOL on Roche LC480 instrument.   

The linear measuring range of this assay is:

1665 IU/ml (3.22 Log IU/ml) to 166500000 IU/ml (8.22 Log IU/ml)

 


Diagnostic Use and Interpretation
Contact Information

For further information contact the laboratory  (contact via Lablink: 22000 or (09) 307-8995 or 0800 522 7587) ,or:
the Virology team virology@adhb.govt.nz

 


Specimen Transport Instructions for Referring Laboratories

Process samples within 24 hours of collection.

Transport at 4 o C.

Do not spin PPT tubes.



CSF
Test performed by: LabPLUS VIM Molecular Diagnostics


Specimen Collection
Sterile Container5 mL Sterile Container CSF (Always Required)
Turnaround Time: Between 2 days and 4 days
Specimen Transport Instructions for Referring Laboratories

Process samples within 24 hours of collection.

Transport at 4 o C.



Tissue
Test performed by: LabPLUS VIM Molecular Diagnostics


Specimen Collection

Tissue biopsy; paraffin block; etc.


Turnaround Time: Within 1 week, 3 days

Last updated at 14:39:52 09/07/2020