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Mumps PCR

Item Value
Approval req'd? Patient's physician must discuss the case and receive approval for submission of specimens from the SF Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control Unit (415) 554-2830.
Available Stat? No
Test code P319
Test group Mumps
Performed by State Viral & Rickettsial Disease Lab
Sendout? Yes
Method PCR, serology, culture (if indicated)
Collection Instructions Patient's physician must complete Viral & Rickettsial Disease Specimen Submittal Form.

Click here for form together with a routine laboratory requisition requesting this test.

Collect buccal swab as soon as possible but not later than 9 days of onset of parotitis. Swab the inner surface of cheek with swab and place swab in viral holding medium. Swab and viral holding medium is available from Microbiology.
Container type
Viral holding medium Buccal swab
Gold top Blood

Amount to Collect Buccal swab x1
4 mL blood
Sample type Buccal swab & serum
Preferred volume 1 swab
2 mL serum
Min. Volume 1 swab
1 mL serum
Processing notes Centrifuge Gold top. Refrigerate samples. Send sample to microbiology. Specimen is sent out by Microbiology.
Ref Lab Rejection Criteria Swab nor submitted in viral holding media
Normal range No virus detected
Stability Refrigerated 3 days.
Turn around times
PCR 1 week
Culture 3 weeks
Last Updated 5/22/2013 1:22:18 PM
Entry Number 1433
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