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Lab Test Dictionary

Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) DNA,Quantitative RT-PCR (19493X)

Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)


Synonyms

VZV; Chickenpox

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano


Epic ID

LAB4378

Lab Test Days

Monday-Saturday

Standard TAT

1-2 Days


Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-0.7 mL CSF or Bronchial lavage/wash in a sterile screw-cap container; Swab collected in VCM medium; or Whole Blood collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

Whole blood collected in an ACD Solution A/B (yellow-top) tube is also acceptable.


Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Refrigerate-OK/Frozen-OK

Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: 30 Days (Do not freeze Whole Blood)

Rejection Criteria

Plasma

Test Volume Required

0.7 mL

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL

Processing Instructions

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


CPT Codes

87799


Revised

09-27-22