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Test Code SQ EVPCR, EPIC LAB2064 Enterovirus by PCR, Spinal Fluid

Important Note

Effective Immediately:

This test is no longer being offered at Meriter Labs.


It is now part of the new CSF Film Array PCR Panel - PLEASE ORDER:



Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Useful for aiding in the laboratory diagnosis of enterovirus infection in patients with a clinical suspicion of meningitis or meningoencephalitis, in conjunction with other laboratory results and clinical information.

Performing Laboratory

Meriter Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Spinal fluid
Container/Tube: Sterile vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Additional Information:

1. Keep specimen at 2° C to 8° C until testing. If test will not be performed within 72 hours, freeze specimen.

2. Centrifugation of specimen is not recommended.

3. The high sensitivity of amplification by PCR requires the specimen to be processed in an environment in which contamination of the specimen by enterovirus RNA is not likely.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Refrigerated <72 hours/Frozen >72 hours OK

Reference Values

Negative for enterovirus
Positive for enterovirus. 

Caution: The results obtained with this assay should be used only as an adjunct to clinical observations and other information available to the physician. Positive results do not rule out other causes of meningitis, including bacteria, mycobacteria, other viruses (eg, herpes family viruses, arboviruses, mumps virus, etc.) and fungi. Negative results do not rule out enterovirus as a cause of meningitis, they only indicate that enterovirus was not detected.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Available STAT

Turnaround Time:

4-hours upon receipt if STAT

Test Classification and CPT Coding