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Test Code VZ IGM Varicella Zoster Virus Antibody (IgM)

Clinical System Name

Varicella Zoster Virus Antibody (IgM)


Varicella Antibody, IgM
Varicella zoster Antibody, IgM
VZV Antibody, IgM

Chicken Pox IgM


Herpes Zoster IgM

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Gold SST or Red or Gold Microtainer

Preferred Vol: 2.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.4 mL


Note: Send to Lab ASAP.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Gross hemolysis, grossly lipemic or grossly icteric

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: -20 C

Storage location: Spin blood, transfer 0.2 - 1.0 mL serum to a plastic tube affixed with a large Cerner label. Freeze in the CPA -20 freezer, Send Outs rack.


Off-site collection: Spin, aliquot, and freeze serum. Transport frozen to Seattle Children's Main Lab.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum Room temp 4 d
  Refrigerated 7 d
  Frozen 30 d



STAT Performed TAT
N T - Sa 3 - 5 d


Performing Laboratory

Quest Diagnostics Infectious Disease, Inc.

33608 Ortega Highway, Bldg B-West Wing
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2042


Phone Number: (800) 642-4657


Department: Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563


Reference Range

VZV Ab (IgM)

≤ 0.90

Interpretive Criteria
0.00 - 0.90 Negative
0.91 - 1.09 Equivocal

≥ 1.10




Method: Immunoassay (IA)

Analytical Volume: 0.2 mL Serum

Limitations: Other herpes viruses may cross react and produce high titers. Protection may be limited at low positive titers.

CPT Codes


Send Out Instructions

Reference Test Name: Varicella zoster Virus Antibody (IgM)
Reference Test Number: 8683
Instructions: Send out Monday - Friday with the Quest courier.