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Lab Test Dictionary

Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) DNA, Qualitative, RT-PCR (34052X)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)


Herpes Zoster; Zoster; Vericella; VZV; Chickenpox

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

1-3 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-1 mL Whole Blood in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

Whole blood collected in an ACD Solution B (yellow-top) tube; or CSF, Bronchial lavage/wash collected in a sterile screw-cap container; or eye swab, lesion (vesicle) aspirate/swab, nasal/nasopharyngeal swab, throat swab collected in a VCM medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM); or 3 mm tissue in a sterile screw-cap container is also acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 8 Days; Frozen: Unacceptable for Whole Blood (30 Days for CSF)

Rejection Criteria

Frozen whole blood

Test Volume Required

1 mL

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL

Processing Instructions

Indicate source in comment, on specimen and on batch sheet.

CPT Codes