Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

BK VIRUS (CSF)

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
BKDNSF      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: BKDNSF         Geisinger Epic ID: 35192

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
CSF
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
Minimum 2 mL CSF in sterile screw-cap tube.
Special notes:
Specimens must be received at reference lab within 96 hours of collection.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: Not recommended. Unspecified. Refrigerated: Not recommended. Frozen: 96 hours. Freeze all samples that are received Friday afternoon and will not be shipped until Monday’s shipment. This will prolong the stability.
Rejection criteria:
Stability limits exceeded.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
52 copies/mL to 1 x 1010 copies/mL.
CPT code(s):
87799
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Methodology:
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Synonyms:
Polyoma, Viracor test code 2503
Clinical significance:
BKV has emerged as an important pathogen in nephropathy in kidney transplant patients and hemorrhagic cystitis in HSCT patients. Early diagnosis of BK nephropathy has been shown to positively impact organ survival. Early diagnosis can be accomplished through a regular monitoring program for reactivation of BKV. Monitoring is effectively accomplished through the use of quantitative BKV DNA PCR of both blood and urine specimens. Quantitative PCR can also be used to track the course of infection and monitor response to treatment.

Performing Locations

Viracor-IBT Laboratories

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Monday-Saturday    
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