|Alternate:||PCR for VZV, Herpes Zoster PCR, Chicken Pox PCR|
|Includes:||Detection of Varicella Zoster (VZV) using PCR.|
|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.
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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