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Epstein Barr Virus by PCR, Quantitative


Name Method Department Units
EBV by PCR, Quant Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
CMI, Molecular Infectious Disease EBV DNA copies per mL whole blood

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 3 mL

Room temperature - 6 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 6 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Do not centrifuge
  • If delay in transport is greater than 6 hours, refrigerate


Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Sterile container

N/A 1 mL

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 4 day(s)
Frozen - Indefinte month(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • If delay in transport greater than 1 hour, refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Frozen whole blood
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame


This test requires EDTA whole blood. Do not centrifuge blood. Results are reported in EBV DNA copies per mL of whole blood. Reportable range of assay is between 500 and 5 million copies per mL.

CPT Code

  • 87799