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Test Code P Bab PCR Babesia microti PCR

Performing Laboratory

Northwell Health Laboratories


A Real-Time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)

Reference Values

Not Detected

This test does not provide information about parastic burden. If quantitation is required P parasitemia should be ordered with Babesia microti PCR, or on known Babesia postive patients

Test Classification and CPT Coding



Loinc Code;  21089-8

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday - Sunday


TAT: 24 Hours

Physician Office Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube: Lavender (EDTA) Top Tube

Specimen: 0.5 mL Whole Blood (0.2 mL min)

Transport Temperature: Refrigerated

Stability: 7 Days Refrigerated


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

Computer Interface Code

PDM #  1762069

Used For

 Babesia microti PCR is the recommended test for all suspected cases of babesiosis.  This test was developed by Northwell Health Laboratories and approved by NYS – Department of Health. This assay provides significantly faster turnaround time and more accurate results than traditional blood smears.


IMPORTANT: “Babesia microti PCR" does NOT provide information about the parasitic burden. If quantification is required, “Parasitemia” should be ordered with “Babesia microti PCR", or on known Babesia positive patients.