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Test Code EPVQLT Entero/Parechovirus PCR Qual

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 Qual


Coxsackie virus





Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

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

Preferred Vol: 6.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 2.0 mL


Specimen: Stool

Container(s): Sterile Screw-Capped Container

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.5 mL


Specimen: Tissue

Container(s): Viral Transport Media (UTM)

Preferred Vol: ~ 3 mm3

Minimum Vol: ~ 3 mm3


Note: Separate specimens must be submitted with both viral culture or serology and PCR testing are ordered. 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, Lt. Green/Lithium Heparin

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: -70 C

Storage Location: CPA -70 freezer, Send Outs rack.


Off-site collection: Spin tube within TWO hours of collection and aliquot serum/plasma - freeze at -70 C. If a freezer is not available, ship at 4 C. Ship time not to exceed 48 hours. Do not freeze/thaw. If frozen, ship on dry ice.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp Unacceptable
  Refrigerated 48 h
  Frozen 1 m



STAT Performed TAT

July-Oct: M - Sa

Nov-June: M, W, and F

2 - 4 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington Medical Center

Molecular Virology Laboratory

1616 Eastlake Ave E, Suite 320

Seattle, WA


Phone Number: (206) 685-6040


Department: Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

CPT Codes

87798, 87498


Method: PCR

Analytical Volume: 0.5 mL (See available specimen types in Sample Requirements section)


Send Out Instructions

Reference Test Name Entero/parechovirus by PCR Qualitative
Reference Test Code EPVQLT
Instructions Send out Monday through Friday with the UW courier. Weekends and holidays, Delivery Express on dry ice to UW NW220.



This test is for the enterovirus group including echoviruses and coxsackie viruses. It does not distinguish which species of enterovirus is present.