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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






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

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

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

Preferred Vol: 6 mL

Minimum Vol: 2 mL


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 2 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 N/A
  Refrigerated 48 h
  Frozen 1 m



STAT Performed TAT

July-Oct: M - Sa

November-June: M, W, and Fr

2 - 4 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington Medical Center

UW Molecular Virology Laboratory

1616 Eastlake Ave E, Suite 320

Seattle, WA


Phone Number: (206) 685-6040


Department: Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563


Method: PCR

Analytical Volume: 0.5 mL


CPT Codes



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.