|Description|| Qualitative detection of VZV by PCR|
|Indication|| Detection of VZV in skin lesions in chickenpox or shingles, in CSF if associated with encephalitis or meningitis and in eye sample (fluid or retinal biopsy) if causing progressive retinal necrosis.|
|Additional Info||Skin, throat or eye swabs in Universal Transport Medium.
CSF samples and eye biopsies in plain sterile universal|
|Concurrent Tests||VZV IgG testing may be required if differentiation between acute infection or reactivation is required|
|Interpretation||Results will be reported as positive, not detected or indeterminate.|
|Sample||Skin, throat or eye swabs|
|Tube||Universal Transport Med|
|Collection Conditions|| Do not use dry swabs for specimen collection.
Optimal time of collection is the acute phase of illness.
For collection of samples from vesicular lesions a sterile needle should be used to unroof the vesicle and then swab used to vigorously swab the base to collect epithelial cells and fluid|
|Min. Vol|| 350Ál, except CSF (100Ál)|
|Ref. Range (Male)|| |
|Ref. Range (Female)|| |
|Ref. Range (Paed)|| |
|Ref. Range Notes|| |
|Units|| - Not Defined -|
|IP Acute TAT||3 days|
|IP Routine TAT||3 days|
|GP Acute TAT||3 days|
|GP Routine TAT||3 days|
|Turnround Comment||Results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.|
Originally edited by : na. Review due on 14/05/2019 09:08:12. Published By on 14/05/2018 09:08:12.