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Test Code M230 Adenovirus DNA Detection by PCR, Qualitative

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:

Blood: 1 lavender-top (EDTA) tube 

Nasopharyngeal (NP)  1 swab in viral transport medium
Respiratory (bronchial alveolar lavage, bronchial washing, nasal washing, tracheal aspirate): ≥1 mL in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container



Unacceptable Specimens:

Throat swabs, dry swabs, or swabs sent in bacterial transport medium


Collection Procedure:


1. Draw blood into tube. Avoid hemolysis.

2. Maintain sterility and forward promptly at ambient temperature only. Specimen cannot be frozen.

Note: 1. Specimen source is required.

2. Whole blood is required for testing. (Plasma or serum is not acceptable.)


1. Call Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory Customer Service at 314-362-1470 to obtain Viral Transport Medium Collection Kit.

2. Collect specimen using wire shaft swab(s) provided.
3. Place swab(s) in vial, break or cut off shaft of swab(s), discard shaft, and tightly cap vial.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.

5. If transport is delayed, refrigerate specimen. 
Note: Specimen source is required.


Respiratory (Bronchial Alveolar Lavage, Bronchial Washing, or Nasal Washing, Tracheal Aspirate)  
1. Aseptically collect ≥1 mL of specimen.
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


Cut-off time: 1900 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

CPT Code:


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only

Minimum Volume: 
Blood: 1 lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab: 1 swab in viral transport medium

Respiratory (bronchial alveolar lavage, bronchial washing, nasal washing,tracheal aspirate): 1 mL in a leakproof screw-capped, sterile container


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

Specimen Transport Temperature

Blood-Ambient/Refrigerate NO/Frozen NO

Nasopharyngeal Swab, Respiratory-Ambient/Refrigerate OK