Epstein-barr Virus (EBV) Serology

Qualitative or quantitative chemiluminescent immuno-assays used to diagnose primary EBV infection and determine EBV status. Test comprises EBNA IgG, VCA IgM and, if required, VCA IgG. EBV profile is included in the glandular fever screen, with CMV IgM and toxoplasma gondii IgM. EBV viral load testing may aid interpretation. This assay is available routinely Mon to Fri.
Clinical details: 
Used to determine EBV status pre-transplant/immunosuppression and test for post-transplant seroconversion.
Reference range: 



Synonyms or keywords: 
EBV, EB virus, EBNA, VCA, virus capsid antigen, Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen
Qualitative: Detected/Not detected, Quantatitative: International units per milliliter (IU/mL)
Sample type and Volume required: 
2.5 – 5ml Yellow Top Serum Separation Tube (SST) Clotted Blood (for serum).
Turnaround time: 
3 working days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). To prevent sample haemolysis please store samples in refrigerator if a delay in sending samples to CSR is unavoidable.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 21/01/2022