PCR assay for the detection of Tropheymera whipplei – causative agent of “Whipples Disease”.
Classic Whipples Disease is associated with the intermittent arthralgia or chronic digestive disorder with diarrhoea and/or weight loss. Other common manifestations include endocarditis and neurological symptoms as well as chronic localised infections such as adenopathy, uveitis, pulmonary and joint infections. T. whipplei has also been associated with acute infections such as pneumonia, gastroenteritis and bacteraemia.
- Blood: EDTA purple top
- CSF: White top sterile universal
- Hart valves: White top sterile universal
- Synovial fluid: White top sterile universal
- Fresh tissue: White top sterile universal
If unsure, please contact the laboratory.
If fluid being sent then 0.5ml
Limitations and restrictions
Do not send serum.
5 days (at the reference laboratory)
Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3EX