Days Set Up
Daily, twice per day (9 am and 2 pm)
Analytic Time

3 hours

MiChart Code
Varicella Zoster Virus DNA by PCR
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


VZV DNA detection by PCR
Herpes zoster virus detection, PCR
Chicken Pox detection, PCR

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Rapid detection of Varicella zoster virus DNA in clinical specimens.

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

Collection Offsite

For blister, lesion, or vesicle, unroof and scrape the base of the lesion with a Dacron or rayon swab to collect fluid and cells. Place the swab into M4-RT transport medium. Ideally specimens should be collected within 3-4 days of the onset of symptoms but no greater than 7 days. Specimens collected from lesions in the acute or vesicular stage will yield a higher number of viruses. Avoid contamination with creams, ointments, lotions, alcohol, Betadine solution or blood due to the potential for PCR inhibition. Transport within 48 hours of collection at room temperature or refrigerated. If delivery to the laboratory will be delayed >48 hours, freeze specimen at less than or equal to 20 degrees Celsius. Do not allow frozen specimens to thaw; transport as soon as possible. Calcium alginate swabs are not acceptable.

M4 Transport & Remel M6
Normal Volume
3 mL M4-RT
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL M4-RT

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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.