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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Adenovirus quantitative PCR

Test Name

Adenovirus quantitative PCR

Gene Name


Test Code



Molecular Microbiology - Viral


Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

College of American Pathologists

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days


  • Severe and invasive or disseminated adenovirus infection
  • Early diagnosis of systemic infection in transplant patients (blood and urine viral load)
  • Monitoring of transplant patients

Specimen Type

  • Plasma
  • Urine

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • Plasma - 0.5 mL minimum for 1 test, >1 mL recommended for multiple tests.
  • Urine - 1 mL minimum for 1 test, 2-3 mL recommended for multiple tests.


  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice.
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs

Special Requirements

* Not Health Canada approved.

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212