Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Enterovirus PCR - ENVPCR

Test Name: Enterovirus PCR - ENVPCR
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Virology Laboratory
Specimen Type: CSF
Fluids - pericardial, pleural peritoneal
Swabs - throat, rectal, mouth
Tissue - lymph nodes, brain
Collection Information: Collect a minimum of 1 mL CSF or sterile fluid in a sterile container.
Lesion: Wipe vesicle with saline. Disrupt vesicle and collect fluid with swab.
Tissues: Place in a sterile container and add VTM
In general:
Swabs contained in the Viral Transport Kit should be used for collection. Scrapings and small pieces of tissue should be placed in Viral transport media before sending ot the lab. bulk specimens should be placed in sterile containers; add a small amount of Viral trasnport media to prevent drying of tissue. Do not add Viral transport medial to fluids or stools.

Viral Transport Media with swab can be ordered from HMMS using item # 36981.
Test Schedule: Samples are tested three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
3-5 days
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date: 2011-10-31
Revised Date: 2014-02-28
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Samples is analyzed for Enteroviruses.
Special Processing:  
Method of Analysis: PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
Critical Information Required: Patient symptoms
Storage & Shipment: Specimen must be received within 24 hours of collection. If the transport time exceeds 24 hrs, the specimen will only be tested if appropriate.
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