Varicella-Zoster Virus by PCR

Abbrev Code:VZVPCR   
Order Code:LAB3878Order Name:Varicella Zoster Virus by PCR, Blood, Fluid 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
CPT Codes: 87798 x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to the reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported in 2-5 days.

For tests developed and validated by ARUP (previously referred to as Compliance Statement B, C or D). This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

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)
Alternate Containers: 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: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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