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Test Code BABPCR Babesia PCR

Specimen Required

Whole blood

Collection Container

Lavender (EDTA)

Specimen Volume

4 mL

Minimum Specimen Volume

1 mL

Transport Temperature

Room Temperature, refrigerated or frozen

Specimen Stability

4°C up to 5 days,
-20°C  6 weeks

Reasons for Rejection

Excessive delay in transport; shared specimen; wrong tube, mislabeled specimens, insufficient quantity

Reference Ranges

Not detected

Additional Information

This test includes the detection of Babesia in blood.  If a positive result is obtained, the test should not be reordered for at least 90 days to prevent false positive results.

CPT Code

87798

Methodology

Real-time PCR with Thermal Melt analysis

Turnaround Time

5 days