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Test Code LAB769 Epstein Barr (EBV) VCA IgM Acute Antibody

Test Name Alias

Epstein-Barr VCA IgM Acute Titer Antibody | 4268

Clinical Information

Recommended test for further evaluation of patients with suspected acute EBV infection and negative mono spot test.

Collection Instructions

Specimen Collection: Blood

Container(s): Gold Top (Serum Separator-SST Gel)

Preferred Volume to Collect: 5.0 mL

Minimum Volume to Collect: 1.0 mL

Neonate Volume to Collect: 1.0 mL

Capillary collect ok: Yes

Microtainer acceptable: Yes

Collection Instructions:

  • After collection, gently invert tube 8-10 times.
  • Specimen should be processed within 2 hours – See Processing Instructions.

Processing Instructions (Laboratory, Outpatient or Off-site collection)

Processed Specimen: Serum

Centrifuge/Spin: Yes

Aliquot: No

Processing Instructions:

  • Allow blood to clot for 30 minutes in a vertical position and centrifuge within 2 hours.

Transport Temperature: Refrigerate

Rejection Criteria

Specimen not centrifuged within 2 hours.

Specimen Stability

Ambient: 12 hours

Refrigerate: 7 days

Frozen: aliquot serum for longer storage

Laboratory Retention: 7 days

Reflex Information

If "Mononucleosis Screen, EBV IgM if Negative" testing is ordered (test #236) and mononucleosis screen is negative, "Epstein Barr (EBV) VCA IgM Acute Antibody" (test #4268) will reflex.

Test Frequency

Available Monday through Friday, usual TAT 1 to 3 days.

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Performing Department Laboratory Location

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI


Multiplex flow assay



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Epic Test ID


Interface Order Alias



EBV VCA IgM: 30340-4

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