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Varicella-zoster DNA

Item Value
Approval req'd? Infants under 1 month of age and outpatients require approval of Adult or Pediatric ID service as applicable.
Available Stat? No
Test code P339
Test group Varicella-zoster
Performed by Viracor
Sendout? Yes
Method Quantitative Real Time PCR
Container type
CSF CSF tube or sterile collection tube
Blood Lavender top
Amount to Collect
CSF 1 mL
EDTA whole blood 3 mL
Sample type CSF, EDTA plasma
Preferred volume
CSF 1 mL
Plasma 1 mL
Min. Volume
CSF 0.5 mL
Plasma 0.5 mL
Processing notes CSF: Store at -70°C and ship frozen, on dry ice, in a sterile, leak proof tube.

Blood: Centrifuge blood, remove plasma, and freeze at -70C.

Order Viracor test: VZV Real Time qPCR #9500
Normal range Not detected
Critical value VZV from sterile sites
Synonyms VZV PCR
Stability CSF: Frozen at -70C 1 month
Blood/plasma: Room temperature 4 days, plasma frozen at -70C 1 month
Turn around times 2-5 days.
Additional information Useful for the diagnosis of encephalitis in lieu of brain biopsy. PCR on CSF is highly sensitive, where as culture is often negative.

Assay range: 100-1.0x108 copies/mL
CPT coding 87799-90
LOINC code 47003-9
Last Updated 11/21/2013 12:58:38 PM
Entry Number 979
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