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VZV Isolation

Infectious Disease Laboratories : Virology

Test ID/Workstation :
VZVIS VIR1
Specimen Type:
Swabs of fresh, unroofed lesions, vesicle fluid or scrapings
Tube Type:
Specimen container
Collection Volume:
1.5 mL washings, aspirate, or inoculated M4M
Cause for Rejection:
Specimen dry, not in proper M4M, not refrigerated, not in sterile container, fixed in preservative, QNS
Storage:
Refrigerated
Availability:
Daily (0800-1700)
Methodology:
Spin-amplified svc and IFA stain specific for VZV after 72 hr incubation
Special Instructions:
Add fluid from several vesicles or scrapings from several lesions to M4M. (Available from CCL or Viro.). Send to lab immediately on ice. DO NOT FREEZE. VZV is very labile and often does not grow if transported under adverse conditions. Specimens will be processed daily M-F if received in the Virology laboratory by 2:30 p.m. and by 11:30 a.m. on weekends
Lab/Phone:
330-543-8576
TAT:
72 hrs
Additional Info:
Reference range: No VZV isolated
CPT Code:
87254
Synonyms:
VZV Shell Vial; VZV Culture; Varicella