BK Virus by PCR, Serum to ARUP - LG6268

Sunquest Code:ARMISC  
Epic Code:LAB4909Epic Name:Send Outs Misc Test
Synonyms:BK Quant
Methodology:Polymerase chain reaction
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 1-3 days.
Special Instructions:BK Virus DNA Quantitative Real Time PCR (BKQT) is the preferred test. Only serum samples are sent to ARUP.

Analyte Specific Reagent. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, the FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2 mL blood
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL blood
Container:Red (no gel) (Red or gold (gel))
Causes for Rejection:Heparinized specimen or frozen whole blood.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 1.5 mL, 0.5 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:90067


Use:BK virus is an important cause of hemorrhagic cystitis. Patients at risk for nephropathy due to infection with the BK virus are identified by the presence of viral DNA in their urine and plasma. This assay may be useful in regulating the dose of immunosuppressive therapy.

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