Test Overview
Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

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.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code
VVZV
MiChart Code
VZV DNA QPCR
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor-IBT Laboratories 9500
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection

Blood: Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL). CSF: Send specimen frozen in a sterile tube (2 mL). The following specimen types are also acceptable: Bronchial Lavage (BAL) (2 mL in sterile tube, room temperature) and Tissue (moistened with saline, in sterile cup, freeze).

Alternate Specimen
Acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): aqueous fluid, BAL, bronch wash, CSF, eye swab, plasma, serum, skin swab, tissue, trach asp, trach wash, vitreous fluid.
Normal Volume
Blood: 5 mL EDTA whole blood; CSF: 2 mL
Minimum Volume
Blood: 4 mL EDTA whole blood; CSF: 2 mL
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87799
Fee Code
36129
NY State Approved
No