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Test Code BABPB Babesia species, Molecular Detection, PCR, Blood


Ordering Guidance


This is a qualitative assay, and the results are reported either as negative or positive for targeted Babesia species DNA.



Specimen Required


Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Send whole blood specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.


Useful For

Initial screening or confirmatory testing for suspected babesiosis during the acute febrile stage of infection in patients from endemic areas, especially when Giemsa-stained peripheral blood smears do not reveal any organisms, or the organism morphology is inconclusive

Method Name

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization

Reporting Name

Babesia species PCR, B

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole Blood EDTA Refrigerated 7 days

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia Reject

Reference Values

Negative

Reference values apply to all ages.

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday

Report Available

Same day/1 to 4 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

87798 x2         

87469  

87999 (if appropriate for government payers)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
BABPB Babesia species PCR, B 88461-9

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
618317 Babesia microti 88452-8
618318 Babesia duncani 88451-0
618319 Babesia divergens/MO-1 88450-2

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.