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Test Code EPVQN Entero/Parechovirus PCR Quant

Important Note

This test should not be used for CSF

For testing of CSF use the Rapid CSF Viral PCR Qual Panel

Clinical System Name

Entero/Parechovirus PCR Quant


Coxsackie A
Coxsackie B

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole blood

Container(s): Lavender/EDTA or Red or Gold SST

Preferred Vol: 3.0 mL whole blood

Minimum Vol: 1.0 mL whole blood


Note: Other acceptable specimen types include: Swab in Universal Transport Medium (UTM), fresh or frozen tissue, ~3mm(cubic millimeters), BAL. Deliver to Lab ASAP. This test can share a tube with other Viral PCR testing but a separate tube needs to be collected if Hematology (CBC, Platelet, ESR, etc) testing is ordered.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dark Green/Sodium Heparin tube

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: -20 C

Storage location: Spin blood within 2 hours of collection, transfer 1 mL plasma to a plastic aliquot tube affixed with a large computer label. Swab or tissue: Freeze within 2 hours of collection.


If blood cannot be frozen within 2 hours of collection, it is acceptable to freeze plasma/serum sample within 48 hours of refrigeration as long as it is documented on the batch sheet.

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the Virology Section of the Sendouts Freezer Rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to UW NW220. Place a copy of the Transfer List (indicate time sent) in the Virology Transport Binder. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).


Off-site collection: Blood: Spin tube within 2 hours of collection & aliquot serum/plasma - Freeze @ -20°C

Swab or tissue: Freeze within 2 hours of collection.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
serum/plasma Room temp


  Refrigerated 72 hr




STAT Performed TAT
N July - Oct: M-Sa, Nov - June: M, W, Fr 2 - 4 d


Performing Laboratory

UWMC Molecular (PCR) Virology Lab

(206) 685-6656



University of Washington

Dept of Laboratory Medicine

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195

Phone Number: (206) 685-6066

Reference Range

Reported as negative or a quantitative number of viral RNA copies/mL.


Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes




Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Entero/Parechovirus PCR Quant
Reference Test Number:



Do not freeze/thaw. Send out M thru F with the UW courier. Keep a copy of the Batch Sheet for our records. Weekends and Holidays courier on dry ice to UW NW220.