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Test Code LENT Enterovirus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

Additional Codes


Powerchart: Enterovirus CSF RNA (PCR)


Reporting Name

Enterovirus PCR

Useful For

Aids in diagnosing enterovirus infections


This test should not be used to screen asymptomatic patients

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Ordering Guidance

This test will detect enterovirus but will not differentiate viruses in this family or provide serotyping information.

Necessary Information

1. Specimen source is required.

2. Source information should include main anatomical site of collection.

Specimen Required

Submit a raw clinical sample (not a culture isolate) for enterovirus PCR.


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Body fluid

Sources: Pericardial, peritoneal

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.


Specimen Type: Spinal fluid

Container/Tube: Sterile vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.


Specimen Type: Swab

Supplies: Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

Sources: Dermal, eye, rectal, genital, nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, throat, nasal, or urethral

Container/Tube: Multimicrobe media (M4-RT) or similar viral transport media (M4 or M5) and Eswab

Specimen Volume: Entire specimen

Collection Instructions:

1. Rectal swab must have no visible fecal matter

2. Place swab back into multimicrobe media (M4-RT, M4, or M5)

Specimen Minimum Volume

Body Fluid, Spinal Fluid: 0.3 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Reference Values


Day(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday

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 US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LENT Enterovirus PCR 93856-3


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
SRC68 Specimen Source 39111-0
80066 Enterovirus PCR 93856-3

Report Available

Same day/1 to 3 days

Reject Due To

Calcium alginate-tipped swab
Wood swab
Transport swab containing gel
Heat-inactivated specimen

Method Name

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


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Testing Algorithm

See Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel Algorithm in Special Instructions.