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

Abbrev Code:VZDNA   
Order Code:LAB6841Order 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 Codes: 87798 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed a minimum of 3x per week; results are reported within 2-3 days.
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
Container:Sterile tube, BD Universal Transport Media
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. 

Processing and Shipping

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


Reference Range:Not detected

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