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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Parechovirus RT-PCR

Clinical Significance

Testing limited to children < 1 year of age.

Test Name

Parechovirus RT-PCR

Gene Name


Test Code



Molecular Microbiology - Viral


Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

College of American Pathologists

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days


  • Aseptic meningitis
  • Encephalitis

Specimen Type

  • CSF
  • Tissue or biopsy
  • Whole blood

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • CSF 300 uL per 1 test, for multiple tests please ensure adequate sample volume is submitted.
  • Sterile screw top container for tissues or biopsies
  • Whole blood (EDTA) - 1 mL minimum for 1 test, 3-5 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