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Test ID 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.

Method Name

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization
(PCR is utilized pursuant to a license agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.)

Reporting Name

Babesia species, PCR, B

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA

Specimen Required

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

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).

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

CPT Code Information

87798

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 42641-1
36116 Babesia divergens/MO-1 42641-1

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.