Varicella-Zoster Virus DNA by PCR, CSF or Skin Swab


Sunquest Code:VZDNA  
Epic Code:LAB6841Epic Name:Varicella Zoster Virus DNA by PCR, CSF or Skin Swab
Synonyms:Varicella Zoster Virus; Herpes Zoster; VZV PCR; VZVDNA
Methodology:Molecular real time PCR
CPT Code:87798
Turnaround Time:Testing is performed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Special Instructions:Testing is performed on swabs (including eye swabs), lesions, rashes and CSF. Other specimen types such as plasma, ocular fluid and tissue will be sent to a reference laboratory for testing. See Varicella-Zoster by PCR (VZVPCR).


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Swab or CSF
Collection Instructions:Collect 0.2 mL minimum CSF in a sterile container. Place swab in 1 mL of UTM.
Causes for Rejection:Specimens other than swab or CSF. Eswabs are not acceptable.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Lab-Microbiology  (UMMC-East Bank)


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