Diagnostic Lab

  • Viral PCR Analysis

    The Heart Institute Diagnostic Laboratory (HIDL) offers molecular confirmation of viral infection. PCR analysis for viral genome is available for nine viruses identified as causing myocarditis. Viral infection of the heart can lead to acute or chronic cardiac dysfunction or organ rejection in patients with heart transplantation. The detection of viral genomic nucleic acid sequences by PCR provides a highly sensitive and specific method of diagnosis of viral infection. PCR is extremely sensitive and rapid, and when associated with other molecular biological methods, can facilitate an accurate description of the state of the infecting virus at the molecular level.

    PCR Analysis is available at Cincinnati Children’s for the following viruses. The Heart Institute Diagnostic Laboratory also offers a discounted rate for analysis of all nine viruses.

    • Adenovirus 
    • Cytomegalovirus
    • Epstein-Barr virus
    • Enterovirus
    • Human Herpes Virus 6
    • Influenza A virus 
    • Parvovirus
    • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) 
    • Hepatitis C virus (HCV) 
    • Viral panel (all viruses listed above)
    • Download the Viral PCR requisition form.

    Shipping Information

    Send samples Monday through Thursday overnight to:

    The Heart Institute Diagnostic Laboratory
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    240 Albert Sabin Way, S4.381
    Cincinnati, OH 45229

    Samples in RNAlater solution preferred.

    RNAlater solution: The sample should be cut into slices no more than 0.5cm across, if necessary, and immediately placed in a minimum of 10 sample volumes of RNAlater solution (Qiagen Cat. #: 76154 or 76163).

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    Access our Clinical Laboratory Test Index.

    Access our Clinical Laboratory Test Index.

  • PCR Requisition Form

    Download the viral PCR requisition form.

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