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Test ID: PTOX    
Toxoplasma gondii, Molecular Detection, PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Varies

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a Microbiology Request Form (Supply T244) with the specimen.

 

Specimen source is required.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Preferred:

Specimen Type: Amniotic fluid
Container/Tube:
Amniotic fluid container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated (preferred)/Frozen

 

Specimen Type: Spinal fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated (preferred)/Frozen

 

Specimen Type: Fresh tissue

Container/Tube: Sterile container with 1 to 2 mL of sterile saline or multi-microbe medium (M5) (Supply T484)

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Submit only fresh tissue

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated


Specimen Type: Ocular fluid
Container/Tube:
Body fluid container

Specimen Volume: 0.3 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.

Specimen Stability Information: Refrigerated (preferred)/Frozen

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Amniotic Fluid, Ocular Fluid, Spinal Fluid: 0.2 mL/Tissue: NA

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesVaries7 days