Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis – Serology
|Test Requested||Required Requisition(s)||Specimen Type||Minimum Volume||Collection Kit|
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, LCM
Blood or serum
5.0 ml blood or 1.0 ml serum
Blood, clotted - vacutainer tubes (SST)
Submission and Collection Notes
Complete the following on the General Test Requisition form:
- relevant travel history
- onset date
Instructions for using SST tubes are found in the document titled: LAB-SD-008, Blood Collection using Serum Separator Tubes.
Haemolysed, icteric, lipemic or microbially contaminated sera or plasma are not recommended for testing.
Preparation Prior to Transport
Label the specimen container with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.
Place specimen in a biohazard bag and seal. Specimens should be stored at 2-8 ◦C following collection and shipped to the lab on ice packs.
Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)
LCM testing is referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada- National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
Turnaround time is up to 28 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.
Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.
This test is a Referred Out Test. Samples are sent to the Public Health Agency of Canada – National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
Lymphocytic choriomeningitis test is performed using an Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) to detect IgG antibodies to Lymphocytic choriomeningitis Virus.