Varicella-Zoster Virus from Blood, CSF or Body Fluid by PCR VZPCR

Method(s) Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Specimen Required
Collect One 3 mL lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA) or gold (SST) top tube OR CSF, ocular fluid, tissue or vesicle fluid.
Transport 1 mL serum, plasma, CSF or ocular fluid in sterile container (Min: 0.5 mL). Tissue: Transfer to a sterile container and freeze immediately. Vesicle Fluid: Transfer to viral transport media.
Remarks Specimen source required.
Stability Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 3 months. All others: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 3 months
Unacceptable Conditions Heparinized specimens.
Schedule Daily
Billing Code 5010750
CPTCode 87798
Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

Negative - Varicella-zoster virus DNA not detected by PCR.
Positive - Varicella-zoster virus DNA detected by PCR.

No Appointment Necessary
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