Enterovirus PCR


Enteroviruses include coxsackie viruses, echoviruses, polioviruses and the additional numbered enterovirus serotypes. This qualitative PCR assay (with a duplexed internal control) is used for the detection of enteroviruses in a range of diseases including respiratory tract infection, aseptic meningitis, neonatal sepsis, conjunctivitis, myocarditis, hand foot and mouth disease and poliomyelitis. Enteroviruses are readily detected in throat swabs and stool samples from infected patients.

Also known as

Coxsackie virus PCR, Echovirus PCR, Poliovirus PCR

Request a test

To request this test please send sample with a request providing patient ID (three identifiers), specimen information, assay required, relevant clinical details and sender information. Before sending sample please read details on requesting and labelling by clicking on the link. Please also refer to any additional information provided for this test.

Additional information

This assay does not detect parechoviruses (formerly echoviruses 22 and 23)

Sending address

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3JH DX number: DX6640203 DX Exchange: Bloomsbury 91WC

Laboratory service

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Sample requirements

Sterile container containing any of the following, as appropriate: EDTA whole blood or plasma (2ml in appropriate blood tube), serum (5ml in clotted blood tube), CSF (minimum 200ul), NPA, BAL, biopsy of any relevant organ, stool, throat swab, eye swab (in viral transport medium, available on request)

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

24-48 hours

Disease / group

Viral infection


Upon request

Call in advance?

Not required

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Our laboratory performs a wide range of routine and specialist investigations in Bacteriology, Virology and PCR.

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