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Coxsackie virus PCR (Enterovirus, hand foot and mouth disease)

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


Blood - EDTA sample (purple top)

Tissue/heart valve - Sterile leakproof CE marked container (no additives)

PCR can be performed on wax embedded tissue


Turnaround Time: 1-3 weeks

PCR for the detection of entroviruses in tissue, heart valve, EDTA blood or serum

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: Not applicable
Clinical decision points: Not applicable
Factors known to significantly affect results: Please note that fixed samples are more difficult to process by nucleic acid extraction procedures and may give false negative or inhibitory results

Reference Laboratory: Epsom