Test Overview
Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Detection or quantitation of Parvovirus B19. Used for monitoring of viral load to track the course of infection and response to treatment.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
Parvovirus B19 DNA by PCR, CSF
Reference Laboratory
Viracor-IBT Laboratories 1500
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Blood: Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL). CSF: Send specimen frozen in a sterile tube (2 mL). The following specimen types are also acceptable: Bronchial Lavage (BAL) (2 mL in sterile tube, freeze), Bone Marrow (2 mL in EDTA, room temperature), and Tissue (moistened with saline, in sterile cup, freeze).

Alternate Specimen
Acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): amniotic fluid, BAL, bone marrow, bronch wash, CSF, pericardial fluid, plasma, pleural fluid, serum, tissue, trach asp, trach wash.
Normal Volume
Blood: 5 mL EDTA whole blood; CSF: 2 mL
Minimum Volume
Blood: 4 mL EDTA whole blood; CSF: 2 mL
Additional Information

In immunocompromised patients Parvovirus B19 manifests itself as acute or chronic hematological disorders. It can cause persistent anemia, sometimes associated with leukopenia and thrombocytopenia. Pediatric transplant patients are at risk for chronic Parvovirus B19 infections which can be associated with lung and/or renal disorders. Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

CPT Code
Fee Code
NY State Approved