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Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), Qualitative PCR

Molecular Diagnostics - : DNA

Test ID :
Test Workstation :
Specimen Type:

2 mL blood collected in one EDTA (purple top) tube.
2 mL whole blood collected in one no anticoagulant (red top) tube.
One flocked swab in 3.0 mL M4 Viral Transport Medium collected from lesion or nasopharyngeal specimen.
2.0 mL bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial wash, nasal wash, or tracheal aspirate collected in sterile container.
0.5 mL amniotic fluid or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collected in sterile container.
250mg (pea sized amount) of soft stool or 0.5 ml liquid stool in sterile container.

Minimum Volume:

Whole blood or plasma minimum volume is 0.5 mL.
Amniotic fluid or CSF minimum volume is 0.2 mL.
BAL, bronchial wash, nasal wash, and tracheal aspirate minimum volume is 1.2 mL.
Minimum 125 mg (half pea size amount) of stool or 0.2 mL liquid stool.

Cause for Rejection:
Quantity not sufficient, specimen clotted, improper anticoagulant, improper specimen type, improper storage/transport, Improper specimen type, improper storage/transport, improper swab, dry swab, swab not present in M4 VTM vial, multiple swabs per vial of M4 VTM, mislabeled, or unlabeled.
Mon-Fri (7:30-16:00)
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Special Instructions:
Upon arrival in laboratory, promptly centrifuge blood specimen tube and send 1.0 mL of the plasma to the Molecular laboratory. Refrigerate.
1-3 days
CPT Code:
Varicella zoster virus PCR

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