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​BK/JC Virus Qualitative PCR


Clinical Microbiology

​Ordering Recommendations

​Specimen Requirements​

  • ​Plasma
​Required Volume

​Whole Blood

  • Optimal Volume: 4 mL
  • Minimum Volume: 1 mL
  • ​Transport specimen to the laboratory immediately after collection, or store at 4°C if transport is delayed greater than 6 hours 
  • Plasma must be separated from whole blood within 24 hours of collection
  • Store plasma at 4°C and ship on ice pack within 48 hours
  • Greater than 48 hours, store at -20°C and ship frozen on dry ice

Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

Testing Site​
  • ​Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, RUH
Results Reporting​
​Reflex Testing
  • ​All positive KBV and JCV plasma requested for quantitation (LSM-967) on requisition shall be shipped to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML), Winnipeg weekdays via Roya Romanow Provincial Laboratory (RRPL), Regina
​Clinical Interpretation
​Specimen Retention
​Alternate Test Names
  • ​Polyoma Virus (BKV, JCV)
  • BK virus (BKV)
  • JC virus (JCV)
​Additional Comments
  • ​Test developed and validated by the Molecular Microbiology Laboratory
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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-290 v3

Last Modified: Monday, April 29, 2019 |
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