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Test Code D VZV Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) Detection by PCR, Spinal Fluid (CSF)

Performing Laboratory

Viracor Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics


Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/Biotinylated Probe Hybridization

(PCR is utilized pursuant to a license agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.)

Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube: Screw capped Sterile vial

Specimen: 2 mL CSF (0.5 mL min)

Transport Temperature: Frozen

 Maintain sterility



Reference Values

Not detected

Assay Range 251 copies/mL to 1 x 10(8) copies/mL

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Computer Interface Code

PDM #  6350514

Useful For

VZV reactivation is commonly seen in immunocompromised individuals. These patients are more likely to have disseminated disease with extensive skin lesions, pneumonia, hepatitis, or encephalitis. Proper management is dependent upon early diagnosis; quantitative DNA PCR is a rapid and sensitive tool useful for detecting the virus, tracking the course of the infection, and monitoring response to treatment.

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday


TAT 1 - 3 Days