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ID:606 Cerebro-spinal fluid (Viral PCR)
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DescriptionThe advent of PCR has made the diagnosis of viral meningitis easier. Viral culture is no longer necessary and PCR is a very sensitive and specific test. Patients with suspected viral meningitis (either based on clinical presentation or on CSF differential WCC count - which shows a predominantly lymphocytic pleocytosis) will be tested for HSV, VZV adenovirus and enteroviruses by PCR. In the immunocompromised CMV, EBV, JC and Parechovirus are added and occasionally HHV-6 meningitis has to be ruled out.
Additional Info Pneumococcal and Meningococcal PCR can be performed on the same sample
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna


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IP Acute TAT3 days
IP Routine TAT3 days
GP Acute TAT3 days
GP Routine TAT3 days
Turnround CommentResults may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.
Originally edited by : D Bennett. Last edited on 27/06/2017 16:33:59. Published By K Roberts on 27/06/2016 16:33:59.