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Varicella-Zoster Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

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Test Description
Varicella-Zoster Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies
Synonym(s)
Varicella-Zoster Virus PCR
Test ID
LVZV
General Information
Useful for:
Rapid (qualitative) detection of varicella-zoster virus DNA in clinical specimens for laboratory diagnosis of disease due to this virus
Specimen Type
Not Specified
Alternate Specimen Type
Fluid (spinal, pleural, peritoneal, ascites, pericardial, amniotic, ocular), Misc (dermal, eye, nasal, throat), Genital (cervi, vagina, urethra, anal/rectal, other), Fluid-Respiratory (bronchial washing, bronchol
Specimen Requirements
Sterile Container
Stability
Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
Frozen 7 days
Unacceptable Specimen Conditions
Calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, or transport
swab containing gel Formalin-fixed and/or paraffinembedded
tissues
Methodology
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization
Estimated TAT
1-3 days
Testing Schedule
Monday-Saturday
CPT Code(s)
87798
Minimum Sample Volume
Body Fluid, Ocular Fluid, or Spinal Fluid: 0.3 mL
Respiratory Specimens: 1 mL
Tissue: 2 x 2-mm biopsy
Reference Range
Negative
Performing Lab
Mayo
LOINC Code(s)
39111-0, 94584-0