Lab Test : Varicella Zoster (VZV) by PCR

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Alternate:PCR for VZV, Herpes Zoster PCR, Chicken Pox PCR
Includes:Detection of Varicella Zoster (VZV) using PCR.
Department:Virology
Phone:(937) 641-3907
SQ Code:PCRVZ
Available:Daily, first shift only. Specimens received in the lab before 10:00 AM are performed same day
Turnaround:1-2 days. Test performed daily, first shift only. Specimens received in the lab before 10:00 AM are resulted the same day.
Specimen:CSF in sterile tube
Vesicles in culturette, specify site
Volume:1.0 mL CSF

Swab of vesicle (no swabs with wooden shafts please) or vesicle fluid in Viral/Chlamydia transport media. Please specify site.
Container:Sterile container

Swab in Viral/Chlamydia transport media
Temperature:Room temperature. Refrigerate if transport is delayed more than one hour.
Rejection:Inappropriately identified or commingled specimens are unacceptable.

Diluted samples are unacceptable.

QNS specimens will be rejected.
Normal:Negative for VZV by PCR.
Uses:Detection of VZV by PCR. This test performed on CSF or swabs of wounds/vesicles.
Limitations:A negative result does not necessarily rule out infection.
Method:Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
 

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