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Babesia species, molecular detection, PCR

Lab Section:  Sendout Reference  
Lab Location:  Sendout
Reference Lab: Mayo 
Test ID: LAB7522 
Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization
Schedule: Monday through Saturday; Varies
Reported: 7-10 days
Specimen Requirements:  Collection: 5.0 mL Blood in a Lavender Top Tube.
Pediatric volume: 3 mL.
Stability: 7 days refrigerated


Clinical Indications: An initial screening method for suspected babesiosis during the acute febrile stage of infection in patients from endemic areas, especially when Giemsa-stained peripheral blood smears do not reveal any organisms or the organism morphology is inconclusive.

Reference Interval:  See patient report or consult reference laboratory website.
CPT Code(s): 87798
Last Changed: 10/06/2016 03:00:54
Last Reviewed: 12/21/2016 04:56:19