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EBV Quantitative PCR

Alternate test name

Epstein Barr Virus, post transplant lymphoproliferative disease ( PTLD)

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
4 Days
Specimen type
  • Whole blood
Specimen requirements
  • Whole blood (EDTA) - 1 mL minimum for 1 test;  0.4 mL for each additional PCR test to a maximum of 2mL
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

For monitoring of transplant recipient for post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD).

Disease condition
  • EBV reactivation post transplant; post transplant surveillance
  • post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD)



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