Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

2 hours

MiChart Code
Varicella zoster Virus Antigen
Soft Order Code
VZVD

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Synonyms

Chicken Pox Antigen
Chicken Pox Direct Antigen
Herpes zoster
Rapid VZV
Shingles Antigen
Varicella Direct Antigen
Viral Antigen: Varicella zoster
VZV Antigen
VZV Direct Antigen
VZVD
VARICELLA-ZOSTER ANTIGEN-DFA

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Direct Immunofluorescent Antibody (DFA)

Test Usage

Rapid detection of Varicella Zoster infections.

Reference Range

Negative

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Instructions

Special 3-well Teflon slides are available from MLabs. Using a pencil, label the frosted end of the slide with the patient's first and last names as well as a second identifier such as the patient's medical record number. One slide containing epithelial cells scraped from the base and periphery of the lesion is required. Carefully open the vesicle, soak up the fluid with a dacron or rayon swab, place into M4 transport and use for viral culture. Scrape the base and periphery of the lesion with a sharp instrument or vigorously rub with a dry swab. Gently roll the cells onto the slide, rolling each well separately. Allow the slide to air dry and refrigerate.

Normal Volume
1 slide
Minimum Volume
1 slide

Billing Information

CPT Code
87290
Pro Fee Code
 
Insurance Auth Info
 
LOINC
 

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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.