Newcastle Laboratories

Adenovirus PCR

Clinical Background:

This is a PCR assay used to detect adenovirus DNA. Human adenoviruses cause a variety of diseases in immunocompetent individuals including respiratory tract infection, conjunctivitis, and diarrhe...

This is a PCR assay used to detect adenovirus DNA. Human adenoviruses cause a variety of diseases in immunocompetent individuals including respiratory tract infection, conjunctivitis, and diarrhea. Adenovirus PCR is included in the Respiratory virus PCR panel and Gastrointestinal virus PCR panel. Adenovirus infection can be more severe in the immunocompromised patient and in addition can cause haemorrhagic cystitis or disseminated disease. Haemopoietic stem cell transplant recipients are at greatest risk (particularly children) and are monitored for infection following local protocols. Samples should be sent from the presumed site of infection. For suspected systemic diseases, and for monitoring, blood should be sent. In blood adenovirus PCR is carried out as part of a multiplex test with CMV PCR and EBV PCR.

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Test Details

  • Discipline:

    Microbiology

    Microbiology

  • Specimen Container Adult:

    Blood - EDTA

    Blood - EDTA

  • Specimen Container Paediatric:

    Blood - EDTA, Stool or Urine

    Blood - EDTA, Stool or Urine

  • Minimum Volume Adult:

    2 ml

    2 ml

  • Minimum Volume Paediatric:

    1 ml

    1 ml

  • Special Requirement:

    Send to laboratory as quickly as possible. If delays likely, refrigerate at 2-8 deg C

    Send to laboratory as quickly as possible. If delays likely, refrigerate at 2-8 deg C

  • Sample Stability:

    Stable for up to 24 hours

    Stable for up to 24 hours

  • Transport Requirements:

    Standard

    Standard

  • Add On Test:

    N/A

    N/A

  • Quality Assurance:

    External Quality Assurance Scheme

    External Quality Assurance Scheme

  • Reference Ranges:

    None available
    None available
  • Factors Affecting Result:

    If delays likely, refrigerate at 2-8 deg C

    If delays likely, refrigerate at 2-8 deg C

Availability:

Performed daily during core hours

Turn Around:

5 days

Send To:

Department of Microbiology

Freeman Hospital
Freeman Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE7 7DN

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