Neisseria meningitidis real-time PCR


Neisseria meningitidis is the major cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK, in both adults and children. It is also a cause of septicaemia. This real-time PCR assay targets the meningococcal ctrA gene. The assay is multiplexed with an internal control PCR to detect Neisseria meningitidis DNA in clinical material whilst controlling both the extraction and amplification procedures.

Also known as

N. meningitidis PCR, meningococcal PCR, meningo PCR, meningitis 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 is performed as part of a multiplex with S. pneumoniae

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

Any sample from a normally sterile site. Minimum volume 200 microlitres

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

24 hours

Disease / group

Bacterial 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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