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Parvovirus B19 by PCR

Alternate test name

Fifth disease, erythema infectiosum, anaplastic anemia, hydrops fetalis in pregnancy

Gene name / Alternate gene name

NSI gene

Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 7 days
Specimen type
  • Plasma
  • Serum
Specimen requirements
  • Plasma or Serum - 0.5 mL minimum for 1 test, >1 mL recommended for multiple tests
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Special requirements


Disease condition
  • Fifth disease
  • Erythema infectiosum
  • Slapped cheek syndrome
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Hydrops fetalis in pregnancy
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