<em>Coxiella burnetii</em> DNA, Qualitative Real-Time PCR [16596X]

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Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
0.7 mL (0.3 mL minimum) serum or CSF or bronchial alveolar lavage (BAL) collected in a sterile container

Minimum Volume
0.3 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Whole blood collected in a lavender-top (EDTA) or yellow-top (ACD) tube or tissue collected in a sterile container

Tissue should be frozen on dry ice and transported frozen via overnight express. All other specimens should be transported refrigerated (2-8 C) via overnight express

Transport Temperature
Serum, CSF, bronchial lavage (BAL), whole Blood: Refrigerated Tissue: Frozen

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 30 days

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

FDA Status
This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat; Report available: 2-3 days

Reference Range
Not detected

Clinical Significance
Real-Time PCR detection of Coxiella burnetii can be used as a tool in the diagnosis of both acute and chronic Q fever. Real-Time PCR assays offer superior sensitivity, rapid test result turn-around, and the ability to detect C. burnetii DNA in multiple specimen types.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute-San Juan Capistrano, CA
33608 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2042

Last Updated: November 29, 2021

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