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Test Code VZ IGM Varicella Zoster Virus Antibody (IgM)

Clinical System Name

Varicella Zoster Virus Antibody (IgM)

Synonyms

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

Chicken Pox IgM

Shingles

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.

Stability

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

 

Availability

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

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

Positive

 

Methodology

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

86787

Send Out Instructions

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