Varicella-Zoster Virus by PCR

Sunquest Code:VZVPCR  
Epic Code:LAB3878Epic Name:Varicella Zoster Virus by PCR, Blood or Tissue
Order Instructions:Varicella-Zoster Virus DNA by PCR, CSF or Lesion (VZDNA) is the preferred test for CSF, swabs, lesions and rashes.
Synonyms:Varicella Zoster Virus; Herpes Zoster; VZV PCR; VAVPCR
Methodology:Polymerase chain reaction
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported in 1-3 days.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood, ocular fluid, vesicle fluid, tissue biopsy
Optimal Volume:2 mL blood, 1 mL ocular or vesicle fluid
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL blood; 0.5 mL ocular or vesicle fluid
Container:Purple (EDTA) (Container, Tissue, sterile, Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel))
Collection Instructions:Collect blood in a purple (EDTA), red or gold (gel) or red (no gel) tube. Collect tissue in a sterile container. Transfer vesicle fluid to M4 or UTM. For CSF, swabs, lesions and rashes, reorder as VZDNA and send to the Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab-Microbiology.
Causes for Rejection:Heparinized sample

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not process ocular fluid, tissue or vesicle fluid. Centrifuge and aliquot 1 mL, 0.5 mL minimum serum or plasma. Place vesicle fluid or tissue biopsy in viral transport media (M4 or UTM). Specimen source is required. Store in freezer.
Shipping Instructions:Ship on dry ice.
Stability:Stability: Tissue - 3 months frozen. All other samples: 24 hours at room temperature, 5 days refrigerated and 3 months frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:60042

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