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Test ID DENGC Dengue Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Spinal Fluid

Ordering Guidance

The presence of dengue virus nucleic acid in cerebrospinal fluid or serum  overlaps with the presence of dengue virus nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) antigen (DNSAG / Dengue Virus NS1 Antigen, Serum). Patients with a history of symptoms for more than 1 week may be negative by molecular tests (ie, real-time polymerase chain reaction) and may require serologic testing (DENVP / Dengue Virus Antibody/Antigen Panel, Serum) to confirm the diagnosis of dengue virus infection.

Specimen Required

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Vial number 2

Acceptable: Any vial number

Submission Container/Tube: Sterile screw cap vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge or heat inactivate.

Useful For

Aiding in the diagnosis of central nervous system infection caused by dengue virus

Testing Algorithm

For more information see Mosquito-borne Disease Laboratory Testing.

Method Name

Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Reporting Name

Dengue Virus, PCR, CSF

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.3 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
CSF Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Reference Values


Reference values apply to all ages.

Day(s) Performed

Tuesday, Thursday

Report Available

Same day/1 to 5 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
DENGC Dengue Virus, PCR, CSF 77958-7


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
606371 Dengue Virus, PCR, CSF 77958-7