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Test Code LBAB Babesia species, Molecular Detection, PCR, Blood

Reporting Name

Babesia species, PCR, B

Useful For

An initial screening or confirmatory testing method for suspected babesiosis during the acute febrile stage of infection in patients from endemic areas, especially when Giemsa-stained peripheral blood smears do not reveal any organisms or the organism morphology is inconclusive.

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA


Advisory Information


This is a qualitative assay and the results are reported either as negative or positive for targeted Babesia species DNA.



Specimen Required


Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole Blood EDTA Refrigerated 7 days

Reject Due To

Hemolysis Mild OK; Gross OK
Lipemia Mild OK; Gross reject
Icterus NA
Other Green-top (heparin) tube

Reference Values

Negative

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday; Varies

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

87798 x 3

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LBAB Babesia species, PCR, B 88461-9

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
36114 Babesia microti 88452-8
36115 Babesia duncani 88451-0
36116 Babesia divergens/MO-1 88450-2

Method Name

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf).