Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
RESULT
Test Name : VZV DNA PCR, Qualitative Order Code : VZVQL
Synonyms: Varicella-Zoster Virus DNA, Qual PCR
Specimen Type: Plasma (ACD or EDTA); Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid; Lesional Swab in Viral Transport Media (VTM); Ocular Fluid
Container Type: Dedicated lavender-top tube (EDTA) or dedicated yellow-top tube Acid Citrate Dextrose Solution A (ACD); CSF, BAL, Ocular Fluid in sterile container; Swabs in VTM.
Required Volume: 3 mL (plasma, CSF, BAL), 1-2 Swabs, 0.5 mL (Ocular Fluid)
Minimum Volume (Pediatric): 0.5 mL (plasma, CSF, BAL), 1 Swab, 0.1 mL (Ocular Fluid)
Methodology: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Standard Run Times: Performed at least 2 times per week
Turnaround Time: 5 days
Special Handling: Whole blood: Transport refrigerated. Centrifuge whole blood within 6 hours of collection and transfer plasma to a separate tube. Plasma and BAL: Transport refrigerated. If transport is greater than 2 days, transport plasma or BAL frozen. CSF, Ocular Fluid: Transport refrigerated. If transport is greater than 6 hours, transport frozen. Lesional Swabs: Flocked swabs. Transport refrigerated. If transport is greater than 2 days, transport frozen.
CPT Codes: 87798 x 2
LPCH EPIC Code: LAB5048
SHC EPIC Code: LABVZVQL
Causes For Rejection: Wooden-shafted or calcium alginate swabs. Non- Lesion samples; leaking container. Delay in transit. Samples containing heparin.
Department: Virology