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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:

 

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: Miscellaneous

Sources: Dermal, eye, nasal, throat

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into swab cylinder or place in multimicrobe media (M5) (T484) or M4 media.

 

Supplies: Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

M5 Media (T484)

Specimen Type: Genital

Sources: Cervix, vagina, urethra, anal/rectal, other genital sources

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into swab cylinder or place in multimicrobe media (M5) (T484) or M4 media.

 

Specimen Type: Respiratory

Sources: 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: Sterile container with 1 to 2 mL of sterile saline or multimicrobe medium (M5) (T484)

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Submit only fresh tissue.

Specimen Minimum Volume

Body Fluid, Ocular Fluid, or Spinal Fluid: 0.3 mL; Respiratory: 1 mL

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.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

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 Test Request Form-General (T732) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/neurology-request-form.pdf)