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Test Code 6144 Epstein-Barr Viral Capsid IgG, Serum

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Multiplex Flourescent Immunoassay
Testing for IgG antibody to viral capsid antigen (VCA).

Literature Reference:

1. EBV IgG package insert, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. 3/2012 

2. Stevens CD. Clinical immunology and serology: a laboratory perspective. 2nd ed. Davis, 2003:330-2.

3. Henry JB. Clinical diagnosis and management by laboratory methods, 20th ed. Saunders, 2001:593-5,056-7.
4. Straus SE, Cohen JI, Tosato G, Meier J. Epstein-Barr virus infections: biology, pathogenesis, and management (NIH Conference), Ann Intern Med 1993;118:45-58.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Serum only

Container/Tube: Plain red top, red/grey separator

Specimen Volume: Full tube, minimum 1mL of serum


Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday - Sunday
Cut-off time: 1300

Turnaround Time:
STAT: not available
Routine: results available the day of testing

Reference Values




No detectable IgG antibody to EBV Capsid Antigen.


Uncertain immune status, suggest sending additional specimen.


Indicates presence of detectable IgG antibody to EBV Capsid Antigen. Ninety percent of the adult population will have been infected with EBV sometime in the past.



Test Classification and CPT Coding


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only

Alternate Tube:


Analyte Stability:

Specimen may be stored at 2° C to 8° C for 7days prior to testing with no more than 3 freeze/thaw cycles.

Specimen may be stored at -20 ° C for up to 1 year.
Laboratory Processing Instructions:

Test performed in BJH Core Laboratory.  Specimen will be processed on the automated line for delivery to the AOB rack with a minimum of 1 mL of serum.  Completed specimens will be stored 7days refrigerated.

Specimen Transport Temperature


LOINC Code Information

Name LOINC Code
Epstein Barr Virus, IgG 5157-3