Meningococcal PCR and antibodies

Sample type and Volume required: 
CSF and PLASMA (i.e. EDTA sample) for PCR
Turnaround time: 
PCR 2 – 3 working days Antibody – several weeks
Special sample instructions: 

PCR request sent to Ref laboratory if findings indicate risk of infection. Antibody sample should be collected 3 weeks after onset of infection – is only of value for retrospective diagnosis.

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

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Last updated: 07/08/2015