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Test Code VZVQLT Varicella Zoster by PCR Qual, Tissue

Important Note

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

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

Additional Codes

This test is for Bone Marrow or other tissue samples ONLY. For blood or CSF, see "Varicella Zoster By PCR".

Clinical System Name

Varicella Zoster by PCR Qual, Tissue


Varicella zoster virus by PCR, Tissue

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Bone marrow, Tissues

Preferred Vol: 3.0 mL

Minimum Vol: None specified


Note: Acceptable specimens include bone marrow or tissues. Collect bone marrow in Lavender/EDTA, other specimens in sterile container. No Heparin in aspirate syringe. For current test information, contact UW Molecular Lab at (206) 685-6656. Okay to send tissue in sterile saline. 

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Heparin in aspirate syringe.
Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: Bone Marrow: RT, Tissue: - 20 C

Storage location

Bone Marrow:

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the send-outs room temp rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to Virology. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).


Monday – Friday: Place sample in the virology rack of the CPA freezer.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to Virology.


Off-site collection:

Biopsy: Send Frozen at -20°C
Bone Marrow or Paraffin tissue: Send at room temperature


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N T & F 2 - 4 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept of Laboratory Medicine

UW Molecular Virology Lab

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195

Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs


Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

CPT Codes



Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Analytical Volume: None specified


Reference Range

None specified

Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Varicella Zoster Qualitative by PCR, Tissue or Cells
Reference Test Number:



Send out M - F with the UW courier. Weekends and Holidays courier to UW NW220 (Bone marrow room temp, tissue on dry ice).