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Test Code LVZV Varicella-Zoster Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type

Varies


Necessary Information


Specimen source is required.



Specimen Required


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Spinal, pleural, peritoneal, ascites, pericardial, amniotic, or ocular

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.

 

Supplies:

Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

M4-RT (T605)

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Miscellaneous; dermal, eye, nasal, or throat

Container/Tube: Multimicrobe media (M4-RT) (T605) and ESwabs

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into multimicrobe media (M4-RT [T605], M4, or M5).

 

Supplies:

Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

M4-RT (T605)

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Genital; cervix, vagina, urethra, anal/rectal, or other genital sources

Container/Tube: Multimicrobe media (M4-RT) (T605) and ESwabs

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into multimicrobe media (M4-RT [T605], M4, or M5).

 

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Respiratory; bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing, sputum, or tracheal aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL

 

Supplies: M4-RT (T605)

Specimen Type: Tissue

Sources: Brain, colon, kidney, liver, lung, etc.

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Multimicrobe media (M4-RT) (T605)

Acceptable: Sterile container with 1 to 2 mL of sterile saline

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Submit only fresh tissue in a sterile container containing 1 mL to 2 mL of sterile saline or multimicrobe medium (M4-RT [T605], M4, or M5)


Specimen Minimum Volume

Body Fluid, Ocular Fluid, or Spinal Fluid: 0.3 mL
Respiratory Specimens: 1 mL
Tissue: 2 × 2-mm biopsy

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Reference Values

Negative

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday; Varies

CPT Code Information

87798

Reject Due To

Swab/Tissue Calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, or transport swab containing gel Formalin-fixed and/or paraffin-embedded tissues

Method Name

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.