Epstein-Barr Virus DNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR (EBVQNT)

Test Code

Quest Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
1 mL whole blood collected in an EDTA (lavender-top), ACD (yellow-top) , or PPT (white-top) tube or
1 mL plasma collected in an EDTA (lavender-top), ACD (yellow-top), or PPT (white-top) tube or
1 mL CSF in a sterile, plastic, leak-proof container or
1 mL serum

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Bronchoalveolar lavage collected in a sterile, plastic, leak-proof container

CSF: Submit in a sterile, plastic container and store refrigerated or frozen.

Note: Avoid repeated freezing and thawing.

Transport Container
See Preferred Specimen(s)

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Whole blood
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 8 days
Frozen: Unacceptable

All other specimens
Room temperature: 48 hours
Refrigerated: 8 days
Frozen: 30 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Heparin anticoagulant

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 FDA. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.

Setup Schedule
Am, pm Sunday through saturday

Report Available
2-4 days

Reference Range

Not Detected

Clinical Significance
Monitoring EBV DNA levels by quantitative PCR in patients at risk of EBV-associated lymphoproliferative disorders may allow timely recognition of virus reactivation and permit installment of antiviral treatment.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute-Chantilly VA
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151-2228

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.