Test Overview
Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Monitoring of viral load to track the course of infection and response to treatment.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Monday - Saturday
Analytic Time

1 day

Soft Order Code
SO
MiChart Code
JCV DNA by PCR, Blood
Synonyms
  • VBJCV
  • JCV DNA qPCR, Blood
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 3500
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Centrifuge and aliquot plasma into a plastic vial. Store and transport at room temperature.

Alternate Specimen
Acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): CSF, plasma, serum, urine.
Lavender Top Tube
Normal Volume
2 mL EDTA plasma
Minimum Volume
2 mL EDTA plasma
Additional Information

JCV virus establishes latency in the kidney and virus is shed sporadically through life and more frequently during pregnancy or immunosuppression. JC virus causes progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which is a subacute demyelinating disease of the CNS and is seen mainly in advanced disseminated malignant conditions, immunodeficiency syndromes, and in immunosrppressed patients following organ transplantation. The disease PML represents a reactivation of longstanding persistent infection of the kidney and perhaps also of the brain. JC virus has also been associated with hemorrhagic cystitis, ureteral stenosis and allograft dysfunction. Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87799
Fee Code
36126
NY State Approved
No