Treponema pallidum (syphilis) PCR (Molecular Microbiology)
Collection container (including preservatives):
CE marked leak proof container
Specimen type: Swab
Specimen transport: Ambient or refrigerated
Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable
Special precautions: Send to the laboratory
Measurement units: Threshold Cycle (CT)
Turn round time for provisional result (calendar
days): 4 days
Turn round time to final result (calendar
days): 7 days
Clinical decision points: Not applicable
Factors known to significantly affect the
results: All samples are suitable for overnight
refrigeration only, they must not be stored over a weekend.
False negative results may occur for a variety of reasons, for
example inappropriate timing of sample collection, inappropriate
sample, presence of virus below the detectable limit of the assay.
New and emerging variants may also occur which may not be detected
by this assay. Towards the limit of detection of an assay sampling
variation will result in lower reproducibility.