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Test Code M216 JC Virus (JCV) DNA Detection by PCR, Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory-Microbiology


Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
(PCR is utilized pursuant to a license agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.)

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable Specimens:

≥1 mL of CSF in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container;See Body Fluid Collection Guidelines under Special Instructions

Collection Procedure:

1. Aseptically collect ≥1 mL of CSF.
2. Place in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container.
3. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

4. If transport is delayed, refrigerate specimen.

Note: Specimen source is required.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Cut-off time: 2100 the evening prior to testing

Turnaround Time:
STAT: not available
Routine: final report available the day of testing

Reference Values


Test Classification and CPT Coding

Test Classification:

Test performed using analyte-specific reagent (ASR). This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Clinical Laboratory. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code:


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only

Minimum Volume:

1 mL

Laboratory Processing Instructions:
BJH Microbiology will forward to the performing laboratory.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Ambient/Refrigerate OK

Special Instructions