TABLE 6

Conditions for Processing, Storing, and Shipping Specimens for PCR Testing (for Specimens Sent to the PAMF-TSL)

Volume
Specimen TypeSpecimen AgeShipping ConditionsMinimum Preferred
AF (collected at >18 weeks' gestation)Up to 1 month when stored refrigerated; indefinite when stored frozen2°–8°C on ice or cold packs preferred; frozen acceptable; overnight delivery3 mL10 mL
Other body fluids: ascitic, peritoneal, pleural, bronchial lavageUp to 1 month when stored refrigerated; indefinite when stored frozen2°–8°C on ice or cold packs; frozen acceptable; overnight delivery3 mL10 mL
CSFUp to 1 month when stored refrigerated; indefinite when stored frozenFrozen preferred; 2°–8°C on ice or cold packs acceptable; overnight delivery0.4 mL1 mL
Ocular fluids (vitreous and aqueous)Up to 1 month when stored refrigerated; indefinite when stored frozenFrozen preferred; 2°–8°C on ice or cold packs acceptable; overnight delivery0.1 mL0.5 mL
Whole blood, bone marrowUp to 2 daysEDTA or citrate tube; 20°–25°C; overnight delivery1 mL5 mL
UrineUp to 1 week when stored refrigerated; indefinite when stored frozen2°–8°C on ice or cold packs preferred; frozen acceptable; overnight delivery6 mL10 mL
Solid tissues (a referral to PAMF-TSL consultants is recommended)Up to 24 hours when stored refrigerated; indefinite when stored frozen; no preservativesFrozen preferred; 2°–8°C on ice or cold packs acceptable; overnight delivery25 mg50 mg
  • The PAMF-TSL will test specimens that deviate from these conditions. However, sensitivity might be compromised. Contact the laboratory at (650) 853-4828 for any questions about testing specimens that do not conform to these conditions. (Also refer to http://www.pamf.org/serology/SpecimenRequirements.pdf for the most recent updates on specimen requirements and testing information.)