Bocavirus Workup

Updated: Apr 25, 2018
  • Author: Pradeep Kumar Mada, MD, MRCP(UK); Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

Currently, testing methods for diagnosing human bocavirus (HBoV) have limited commercial availability.

Most studies have been PCR-based, and various assays are available. [33] The use of PCR on respiratory secretions, stool, and blood has been described. [6]

Noncommercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays have also been developed. [34, 25]

Electron microscopy can be performed on appropriate specimens (but not typically for clinical purposes). See image below.

Illustration of an electron micrograph of canine p Illustration of an electron micrograph of canine parvovirus, which is closely related to human bocavirus.
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Imaging Studies

Chest radiography may be helpful.

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Procedures

In the immunocompromised host, bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage may be useful in obtaining a specimen for PCR. More important, however, would be the exclusion of treatable infections.

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