BABESIA MICROTI DNA, PCR

Specimen Required
Draw blood in a lavender tube. Send 1.0 mL whole blood (0.3 mL minimum) refrigerated in a screw-capped plastic vial.

Alternate Specimen
Whole blood: ACD
Tick - live or in 70% ethanol submitted in a sterile plastic screw-capped container.

Rejection Criteria
Hemolysis, frozen whole blood, heparin whole blood

Methodology
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Stability
Whole blood: Room temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: Unacceptable
Tick: Room temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 7 days; Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range
Not detected

Performed
Monday-Saturday

Turnaround Time3-5 days
Test CodeBABDN
CPT-4 Code (s)
87798
LOINC Codes
21089-8

Warde
Medical
Laboratory