Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Detection or quantitation of Adenovirus. Used for monitoring of viral load to track the course of infection and response to treatment. Test detects all 52 serotypes.
2 - 5 days
Blood: Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL). The following specimen types are also acceptable: Amniotic Fluid or CSF (2 mL in sterile tube, freeze), Bronchial Lavage (BAL) (2 mL in sterile tube, room temperature), Bone Marrow (1 - 2 mL in EDTA, room temperature), Tissue (moistened with saline, in sterile cup, freeze), and Urine (2 mL in sterile tube, room temperature).
Adenoviruses are increasingly recognized as viral pathogens that can cause significant morbidity and mortality, especially in the immunocompromised patient. Mortality rates have been reported to be as high as 60% for pneumonia, 50% for hepatitis and 25% overall. Test sent to Viracor-IBT Laboratories.