Days Set Up
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

MiChart Code
Varicella Zoster DNA by PCR, Other Sources
Soft Order Code

Update Type: New Tests

Test Updated: 10/23/2019


Varicella zoster Quantitative PCR

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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.

Reference Range

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

Specimen Requirements

Normal Volume
2 mL CSF
Minimum Volume
2 mL CSF

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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.