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

Performing Laboratory

Viracor Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics

Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/Biotinylated Probe Hybridization

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

Reference Values

Not detected

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

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87799

Physician Office Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube: Screw capped Sterile vial

Specimen: 2 mL CSF (0.5 mL min)

Transport Temperature: Frozen

2 mL of spina

 Maintain sterility

 

 

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

Computer Interface Code

PDM #  635051