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Epstein-Barr Virus Quantitative PCR

Alias: EBV

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Detect and quantify Epstein-Barr Virus DNA from blood. Used to monitor transplant patients for primary or reactivated EBV infection and to elucidate suspected primary EBV infection in immunocompetent individuals. In very specific situations it can be used to monitor patients with EBV-associated tumours.

Availability: Referred to Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 3 Day upon receipt at Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust

Specimen Type(s)
  • EDTA Whole Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Purple Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Purple Top Microtainer BD;
  • Epstein-barr Virus DNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Please state type of immunosuppression.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Not Detected / Positive - Low Level / Positive
Units: copies/mL / log10 copies/mL
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 30-05-2023