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Test ID LVZV Varicella-Zoster Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR

Useful For

Rapid (qualitative) detection of varicella-zoster virus DNA in clinical specimens for laboratory diagnosis of disease due to this virus

Method Name

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization

(PCR is utilized pursuant to a license agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.)

Reporting Name

Varicella-Zoster Virus PCR

Specimen Type

Varies

Specimen Required

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Spinal, body, amniotic, ocular

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.

 

Supplies:

Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

M5 Media (T484)

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Miscellaneous; dermal, eye, nasal, throat

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092) or multimicrobe media (M5) (T484)

Collection Instructions: Place swab into M5 media (T484) or M4 media.

 

Supplies:

Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

M5 Media (T484)

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Genital; cervix, vagina, urethra, anal/rectal, other genital sources

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092) or multimicrobe media (M5) (T484)

Collection Instructions: Place swab into multimicrobe media (M5) (T484) or M4 media.

 

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Respiratory; bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing, sputum, tracheal aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL

 

Supplies: M5 Media (T484)

Specimen Type: Tissue

Sources: Brain, colon, kidney, liver, lung, etc.

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Multimicrobe media (M5) (T484)

Acceptable: Sterile container with 1 to 2 mL of sterile saline

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Submit only fresh tissue in multimicrobe media (M5) (T484) or a sterile container with 1 to 2 mL sterile saline.


Necessary Information:

Specimen source is required.


Specimen Minimum Volume

Body Fluid, Ocular Fluid, or Spinal Fluid: 0.3 mL; Respiratory Specimens: 1 mL; Tissue 2 × 2-mm biopsy

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Varies Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Reference Values

Negative

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday; Varies

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

CPT Code Information

87798

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
LVZV Varicella-Zoster Virus PCR 11483-5

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
SRC70 Specimen Source 31208-2
36046 Varicella-Zoster Virus PCR 11483-5

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf)

Neurology Specialty Testing Client Test Request (T732) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/neurology-request-form.pdf)