Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), DNA PCR

CPT: 87798
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  • VZV, DNA by Real-time PCR

Expected Turnaround Time

4 - 5 days

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Specimen Requirements


Whole blood, or swab in viral or universal transport medium (VTM/UTM)


0.5 mL whole blood, or one swab

Minimum Volume

0.2 mL whole blood, or one swab


Lavender-top (EDTA) tube, yellow-top (ACD) tube, or viral/universal transport medium (swab)

Storage Instructions

Room temperature

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

14 days


14 days

Causes for Rejection

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

Test Details


This test is intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of infections caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV) from whole blood or lesions. For the diagnosis of VZV in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), use Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), DNA PCR [139835].


Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)


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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