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
VVZVC
MiChart Code
Varicella Zoster DNA by PCR, Other Sources
Synonyms
  • VZV DNA by PCR
  • VVZV
  • VZV DNA qPCR
  • Varicella zoster Quantitative PCR
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 9500
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection

CSF: Send specimen frozen in a sterile tube (2 mL).

Alternate Specimen
Acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): CSF
Normal Volume
2 mL CSF
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL CSF
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87799
Fee Code
36129
NY State Approved
No