Babesia sp., DNA, PCR

CPT: 87798
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  • Babesia, DNA
  • Babesia, PCR

Test Includes

Babesia microti

Expected Turnaround Time

3 - 4 days

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Specimen Requirements


Whole blood


0.5 mL

Minimum Volume

0.2 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)


Lavender-top (EDTA) tube or yellow-top (ACD) tube

Storage Instructions


Stability Requirements



Room temperature

7 days


7 days



Freeze/thaw cycles


Causes for Rejection

Extensive hemolysis; lipemia; clotted specimen; quantity not sufficient for analysis; gross specimen contamination; specimen too old; leaking or broken tube

Test Details


This test is intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of Babesia species infection.


This test is intended to detect Babesia microti, the primary etiologic agent of human babesiosis in the United States. Cross-reactivity may occur with other human pathogenic species, such as Babesia duncani (WA-1), Babesia divergens and Babesia MO-1. Alternate approaches, such as organism-specific serologic testing, should be considered if a definitive identification is required.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Labcorp. It has not been cleared or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
138318 Babesia microti, PCR 21089-8 139153 Babesia microti, PCR 21089-8

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