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Test Code VZVQN Varicella Zoster By PCR, blood

Important Note

Do not order for CSF.  For CSF use the test Rapid CSF Viral PCR Qual Panel

For bone marrow aspirate or other tissue samples see Varicella Zoster by PCR Qual, Tissue.

For swab specimens (including lesions) see Varicella Zoster PCR Quant, Swab.

Clinical System Name

Varicella Zoster By PCR

Synonyms

VZ Virus by PCR
VZ Virus Quantitation
VZV by PCR
VZV Quantitation
 

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Lavender/EDTA or Red or Gold SST

Preferred Vol: 2.0 mL whole blood

Minimum Vol: 1.0 mL whole blood

 

Note: This test can share a tube with other Viral PCR testing but a separate tube needs to be collected if Hematology (CBC, Platelet, ESR, etc) testing is ordered.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dark Green/Sodium Heparin

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: -20 C

Storage location: Spin blood, transfer 1 mL plasma to a plastic aliquot tube affixed with a large computer label.

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the Virology Section of the Sendouts Freezer Rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to UW NW220. Place a copy of the Transfer List (indicate time sent) in the Virology Transport Binder. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).

 

If blood cannot be frozen within 2 hours of collection, it is acceptable to freeze plasma/serum sample within 48 hours of refrigeration as long as it is documented on the batch sheet.

 

Off-site collection: Blood: Centrifuge tube within 2 hours of collection, aliquot serum/plasma & Freeze @ -20°C


 

Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum/plasma Room temp

 

  Refrigerated 48 hr
  Frozen

Y

 

Availability

STAT Performed TAT
N M, W  & F 1 - 3 d

 

Performing Laboratory

UWMC Molecular (PCR) Virology Lab

(206) 685-6656

Department

Department:  

University of Washington

Dept of Laboratory Medicine

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195
 

Phone Number: (206) 685-6066

Reference Range

None specified

Methodology

Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Analytical Volume: None specified

Limitations:

CPT Codes

87799

Send Out Instructions

 

Reference Test Name: Varicella Zoster Quantitative by PCR
Reference Test Number:

VZVQN

Instructions:

Do not freeze/thaw. Send out M thru F with the UW courier. Keep a copy of the Batch Sheet for our records. Weekends and Holidays courier on dry ice to UW NW220.