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

BABESIA MICROTI DNA, REAL-TIME PCR

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
BABEMC      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: BABEMC         Geisinger Epic ID: 49376

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Whole blood
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
0.7 mL EDTA whole blood; minimum 0.3 mL

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated.
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 2 days. Refrigerated: 7 days. Frozen: 30 days.
Rejection criteria:
Hemolysis, heparin whole blood.

TEST DETAILS
CPT code(s):
87798
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:
Quest code 37314
Clinical significance:
Babesia microti DNA PCR is a highly specific and sensitive method to detect the presence of B. microti DNA in clinical specimens; DNA sequences from the closely related canine pathogen B. gibsoni are not detected by this assay. The diagnosis of Human Babesiosis should not rely solely upon the result of a PCR assay. A positive result should be considered in conjunction with clinical presentation and additional established clinical tests. A negative PCR result indicates the absence of B. microti DNA in the sample tested and does not exclude the diagnosis of disease.

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Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Monday-Saturday    
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