LEBV - Specimen: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Molecular Detection, PCR

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: LEBV    
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Molecular Detection, PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

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.

Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Spinal fluid, sterile body fluids (peritoneal fluid/ascites, pericardial fluid, pleural fluid/thoracentesis, amniotic, or ocular

Preferred: 12 x 75-mm screw cap vial (T465)

Acceptable: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.


Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Respiratory; bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing, sputum, or tracheal aspirate


Preferred: 12 x 75-mm screw cap vial (T465)

Acceptable: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL



Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

M5 Media (T484)

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Eye swabs and upper respiratory swabs (nasal, throat)

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092) or multimicrobe media (M5) (T484)

Collection Instructions: Place swab into multimicrobe media (M5) (T484) or other viral transport media.


Specimen Type: Bone marrow

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA) only

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Additional Information: Clotted specimens will be rejected.


Supplies: M5 Media (T484)

Specimen Type: Tissue

Sources: Brain, colon, kidney, liver, lung, etc.

Preferred: Multimicrobe medium (M5) (T484)

Acceptable: Sterile container with 1 to 2 mL of sterile saline

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Submit only fresh tissue.


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf)

Specimen Minimum Volume The amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Laboratory.

Body Fluid, Ocular Fluid, Spinal Fluid: 0.3 mL; Respiratory Specimens: 1 mL; Tissue: 2 x 2-mm biopsy

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








Calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, or transport swab containing gel; formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissues

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

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 7 days