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Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Useful for the detection of Varicella zoster encephalitis.
Varicella zoster virus DNA Not detected.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
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).
Collect spinal fluid. Do not store specimen; transport directly to Microbiology Laboratory.
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).