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Enterovirus by RT PCR - Blood

Alternate test name

Cardiomyopathy, myocarditis

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 48 hours
Specimen type
  • Whole blood
Specimen requirements
  • Whole blood (EDTA) - 1 mL minimum for 1 test, 3-5 mL recommended for multiple tests.
Storage and transportation
  • 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

Test reserved for infectious workup of Cardiomyopathy/Myocarditis patients. 

RT-PCR testing from blood sample not validated for other disease conditions and will not be processed.

Disease condition
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Pericarditis


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