Epstein-barr virus PCR

Qualitative real -time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assay to detect used to diagnose Epstein-barr virus (EBV) infection from sample types other than whole blood eg. bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), vitreous eye fluid. This assay is routinely available Mon and Thurs.
Clinical details: 
CSF from immunocompetent host with meningitis or encephalitis associated with primary EBV infection.
CSF in patient with advanced HIV infection and CNS symptoms/suspected lymphoma.

Reference range: 

Not applicable

Synonyms or keywords: 
- Glandular fever - Monocuclear syndrome - meningitis/encephalitis - lymphoma
Qualitative - Detected/Not Detected
Sample type and Volume required: 
Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), vitreous eye fluid. BAL to be collected in a self sealed valved container with no additives. All other samples to be collected in sterile universal container with no additives. Note: If using Electronic Patient Record (EPR) please order "CSF for Virological Investigations" and for other sample types order "Sample for Molecular Investigations".
Turnaround time: 
7 working days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be sent to CSR promptly as the sensitivity of assays that detect RNA/DNA depend on sample quality/integrity. Please store samples in a refrigerator if there is a delay in sending samples to CSR.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 21/07/2021