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Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) PCR - tissue specimens

  • LIS Mnemonic: VZVPCR

    Collect

    Tissue specimen in viral transport medium

    Volume Required

    N/A

    Minimum Required

    punch biopsy size

    Transport

    Keep specimen at 4C

    Processing

    Biopsy tissue from specific organs, including lung, liver, and brain. If an extended delay in transport of specimens is anticipated, rapidly freeze the specimens to at least -60°C and transport to the laboratory on dry ice. Please consult the laboratory if necessary.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Tissue not in viral transport medium

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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