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

Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)


Synonyms

Herpes Zoster; Zoster; Vericella; VZV; Chickenpox

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano


Epic ID

LAB01538

Lab Test Days

Monday-Saturday

Standard TAT

1-2 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 (yellow-top) tube is also acceptable; 0.3-0.5 mL CSF or bronchial wash/brush in sterile, plastic, leak-proof container; Lesion swab in VCM (green-cap) tube or equivalent UTM or M4; 0.2-0.5 mL eye fluid (vitreous) in sterile, plastic, leak-proof container.


Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Refrigerate-OK/Frozen-OK

Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: Unacceptable for Whole Blood (30 Days)

Rejection Criteria

Heparin whole blood

Processing Instructions

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


CPT Codes

87798


Revised

1/4/24

Initials

SA