Toxoplasma gondii PCR
Label Mnemonic: TOXG
Epic code: LAB7467
Downtime form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
356-8593
Specimen(s):
Amniotic Fluid
Collection Medium:
Sterile container
Minimum:
Collect in sterile container:
Preferred Minimum: 0.5 mL amniotic fluid
Absolute Minimum: 0.3 mL amniotic fluid
Delivery Instructions:
Submit specimen to laboratory as soon as possible after collection period is completed.
Turn Around Time:
24 hours upon receipt at reference laboratory (upon receipt in laboratory)
Reference Range:
Negative for the presence of Toxoplasma gondii DNA.
Interpretive Data:
A positive result indicates presence of DNA from Toxoplasma gondii.

Negative results indicate absence of detectable DNA but does not exclude the presence of organism or active or recent disease.
Comments:
Useful For:
Supporting the diagnosis of acute cerebral, ocular, disseminated, or congenital toxoplasmosis.

This assay is designed for use in patients with a clinical history and symptoms consistent with toxoplasmosis. This test should not be used to screen healthy patients. Depending on the population, varying percentages of patients may be found to be positive.

Results should be interpreted with consideration of clinical and laboratory findings. A negative result does not indicate absence of disease. Reliable results depend on adequate specimen collection and the absence of inhibiting substances.
Methodology:
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization
CPT Code:
87798
 
See also:
Varicella-Zoster Virus PCR, Amniotic Fluid
Herpes Simplex Virus PCR, Amniotic Fluid
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Qualitative by PCR, BAL or Amniotic Fluid