Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Polyoma Virus

Test Name: Polyoma Virus
Alternate Name(s): BK Virus
JC
Laboratory: Virology Laboratory
Specimen Type: See Special Processing below for further information:

BK Virus:
-4 mL Lavender top EDTA Vacutainer tube (2 mL of plasma required)
- Urine in sterile container (min volume 1 mL)

JC Virus:
-A minimum of 600 L of CSF
-Biopsy
Collection Information: BK Virus-Collect blood aseptically in a Lavender top EDTA Vacutainer tube.

Samples collected late in the day must be spun and plasma separated within 4 hours. Store at 4C for shipment the next morning. If there is a delay of more than 24 hours, plasma MUST be frozen at -80C.
Requisition: For JV Virus : PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY TEST REQUISITION
Test Schedule: BK Virus is tested weekly on Tuesday and Thursday.
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
BK Virus: 3-5 days
JC Virus: 14 days
Stat
 
 
Reference Range: See report for interpretation
Effective Date: 2010-09-13
Revised Date: 2021-11-17
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing: For SRA:

After 9 pm: Centrifuge and aliquot plasma. Refrigerate and send to Microbiology the following morning

BK Virus test is available for kidney and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients only. Tests will not be performed more than once in a 14 day period.
Comments:  
Method of Analysis: PCR
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: JC Virus-The specimen must be refrigerated and sent to Microbiology for referral within 24 hours of collection.

BK Virus- Must be received in lab within 4 hours of collection or separated and frozen at -20C
System Codes: 
Cerner
POLYOMA
POLYOMAJCV
 
Referred To: Public Health Laboratory

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