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Test Mnemonic LBAB Babesia species, Molecular Detection, PCR, Blood

Useful For

An initial screening or confirmatory testing method 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.

Reporting Name

Babesia species, PCR, B

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA


Advisory Information


This is a qualitative assay and the results are reported either as negative or positive for targeted Babesia species DNA. Calculation of percent parasitemia is not performed. If percent parasitemia is desired, LBABP / Babesia species, Molecular Detection, PCR with Parasitemia Reflex should be ordered instead of this test.



Specimen Required


Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole Blood EDTA Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Reference Values

Negative

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday; Varies

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

87798 x 3

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LBAB Babesia species, PCR, B In Process

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
36114 Babesia microti 21089-8
36115 Babesia duncani No LOINC Needed
36116 Babesia divergens/MO-1 No LOINC Needed

Method Name

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

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf).