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
VVZVP
MiChart Code
Varicella Zoster DNA, Quantitative
Synonyms
  • VZV DNA qPCR, Blood
  • VBVZV
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 9500
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL).

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.
Lavender Top Tube
Normal Volume
5 mL EDTA whole blood
Minimum Volume
2 mL EDTA whole blood
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87799
Fee Code
36129
NY State Approved
No