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Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) PCR - blood specimen

  • LIS Mnemonic: VZVPCR

    Collect

    Lavendar (EDTA)

    Volume Required

    4-7 ml; for infants a volume of 2-4 ml is acceptable

    Minimum Required

    4 ml; for infants a volume of 2 ml is acceptable

    Transport

    Transport blood in a timely fashion (preferrably within 8 hours of collection) at room temperature to the Clinical Virology Laboratory.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Clotted specimens

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Same day

Reflex Testing

N/A

CPT

87798

Methodology

Amplification and detection of VZV DNA glycoprotein B ORF 62 gene using TaqMan real-time PCR technology. This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Interpretation

If positive, results are reported as varicella-zoster virus DNA detected.

Reference Values

Negative or no varicella-zoster virus DNA detected

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