Adenovirus PCR




  • Adenovirus is detected by PCR or immunofluorescence.
  • Adenovirus may cause a variety of clinical manifestations including (but not exclusively) conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, pneumonitis, haemorrhagic cystitis and gastroenteritis
  • Also, rarely and usually in immunocompromised patients, CNS infection, myocarditis, hepatitis, tubulointerstitial nephritis and disseminated disease
  • Tested following specific request

Sample requirements

Viral eye swab

Viral throat swab

Please check swab expiry date before use



 Nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA)



Urine - 30 mL sterile universal container






4ml of blood taken into an EDTA Tube


In selected circumstances, CSF or stool sample

Viral transport swab

 30mL sterile universal container

 4 mL EDTA tube

Required information

 Relevant clinical details


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Depending on sample type, either tested locally  or referred to the Regional Reference Centre

Up to 10 days

Page last reviewed: 28/08/2014