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BK virus PCR (blood)

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


2 x 4ml EDTA blood (1ml if paediatric) , purple top, Include details of underlying conditions or immunosupression


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Diagnosis of BK virus infection in immunocompromised patients

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 24 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: copies/ml
Clinical decision points: Not applicable
Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis
Reference Lab: Manchester PHE