Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), DNA PCR

CPT: 87798
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Test Details

Synonyms

  • VZV, DNA by Real-time PCR

Use

This test is intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of infections caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV).

Methodology

Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

Specimen Requirements

Specimen

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), vitreous fluid, whole blood, or swab

Volume

0.5 mL CSF, vitreous fluid, whole blood, or one swab

Minimum Volume

0.2 mL CSF, vitreous fluid, whole blood, or one swab

Container

Sterile container (CSF or vitreous fluid), lavender-top (EDTA) tube, yellow-top (ACD) tube, or universal transport medium (swab)

Collection

To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.

Storage Instructions

CSF or vitreous fluid: freeze; refrigerate swab.Stability: CSF or vitreous fluid: Room temperature or refrigerated for 14 days or frozen for 90 days. Swab: Room temperature or refrigerated for 14 days. Whole blood: Room temperature or refrigerated for 14 days.

Causes for Rejection

Quantity not sufficient for analysis; gross specimen contamination; specimen too old; leaking or broken tube

LOINC® Map

Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
138313 VZV Real Time PCR 11483-5 139163 VZV Real Time PCR 11483-5

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