Days Set Up
Daily, specimen is set up within an hour of time received
Analytic Time

3 hours

MiChart Code
Varicella zoster virus CSF, DNA
Soft Order Code

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Useful for the detection of Varicella zoster encephalitis.

Reference Range

Varicella zoster virus DNA Not detected.

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

Specimen Requirements


CSF can be stored at 2-8 C for 7 days post collection or at or below -70 C if longer than 7 days (freeze within 3 days).

Collection Onsite

Collect spinal fluid. Do not store specimen; transport directly to Microbiology Laboratory.

Collection Offsite

CSF should be tested STAT, but may be stored at 2-8 C for 7 days post collection or at or below -70 C if longer than 7 days (freeze within 3 days).

Normal Volume
1 mL CSF
Minimum Volume
0.3 mL CSF

Billing Information

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

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.