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PCR for Infectious Diseases

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In EMR, PCR is referred to as NAD - Nucleic Acid Detection

Laboratory:
Referred Test
Specimen types:
not required
Container types:
Not required
Collection Instructions:
Sample haemolysis may make this test unreportable
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab
Notes:

PCR = Polymerase Chain Reaction

 

 

All PCR tests require separate tubes.

 

 

Avoid contamination of samples for PCR analysis.

 

 

Cytomegalovirus - 10 mL EDTA blood, tissue, CSF, saliva swab

 

 

Enterovirus - CSF

Hepatitis C & G - 10 mL plain blood

Herpes Simplex - 10 mL EDTA blood, tissue, CSF, swab

HIV (DNA) - 10 mL EDTA or ACD blood; transport at room temperature.

Note: this test is used to detect recent infection with HIV. It is not the same as the Viral Load Test.

Meningococcus - 10 mL EDTA blood

M. tuberculosis - Fluids, tissues from sterile sites

Polyomavirus (JC & BK) - CSF, urine

Varicella Zoster - 10 mL EDTA blood, tissue, CSF, swab

Frequency:
As required
Result Turnaround Time:
3-7 days