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JC virus PCR

Alternate test name

Polyomavirus, Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
7 days
Specimen type
  • CSF
  • brain biopsy
Specimen requirements
  • CSF 300 ul per 1 test, for multiple tests please ensure adequate sample volume is submitted
  • Sterile screw top container for tissues or biopsies
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

If there is a suspicion of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (CJD), please contact the Microbiology Laboratory at 416-813-6000 prior to sending specimen

Disease condition
  • Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
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