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Test Code VZVP Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV), Qualitative PCR, non-CSF

Biohazard Infectious

Specimen Type

Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), Tissue, Lesion from genital, oral, ocular (eye), dermal (skin)


Viral transport media

Offsite Collection Instructions

See UCMC collection instructions.

UCMC Collection Instructions

Specimen Source: Lesion
Specimen Collection: Clean overlying skin surface with 70% alcohol. Aspirate with syringe, curette the lining of the lesion, or obtain tissue biopsy
Specimen Transport: <2 hr ambient, 7 days refrigerated

Specimen Source: Tissue
Specimen Collection: Surgically obtained
Specimen Transport: <2 hr ambient, 7 days refrigerated

Specimen Source: Broncho-alveolar Lavage
Specimen Collection: Aspirate through inner chamber at bronchoscopy
Specimen Transport: <2 hr ambient, 7 days refrigerated

See Microbiology Specimen Collection:

  • Category “Tissue”, “Skin” Type “Lesions”, or “Respiratory Lower” in Table 1 BACTERIOLOGY, CHLAMYDIA, MYCOLOGY, MYCOBACTERIOLOGY (AFB), VIROLOGY


Monday through Friday

Turnaround Time

Testing performed within 48 hrs of receipt in Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Monday through Friday.

STAT Availability

Not Available

Test Methodology

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by the University of Chicago Medical Center Clinical Microbiology Lab. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA does not require this test to go through premarket FDA review. This laboratory is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) as qualified to perform high complexity laboratory testing. This test is used for clinical purposes. It should not be regarded as investigational or research.
This test is performed pursuant to a license agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. for the use of the Polymerase Chain Reaction.

CPT Code


Critical Results

VZV DNA detected by PCR

Reference Range

No VZV DNA detected by PCR

Fee Code



Varicella Zoster virus
Herpes Zoster