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VZCUL
CULTURE, VIRUS, VARICELLA ZOSTER (VZV)

Test Code VZCUL 
Test CULTURE, VIRUS, VARICELLA ZOSTER (VZV) 
Methodology Shell Vial Culture with Fluorescent Monoclonal Antibody Detection of VZV. Backed up by Conventional Tube Cell Cultures for the detection of cytopathic effect. 
Description Useful for the detection of VZV. Refer to separate listings for other viruses. 
Specimen SUBMIT ONLY 1 OF THE FOLLOWING SPECIMENS:

BODY FLUID
1. Aseptically collect 2.0 mL (pediatric: 0.5 mL) of fluid in a screw-capped, sterile container.
2. Label container with patientís name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collectorís initials and SPECIMEN SOURCE.
3. Send specimen refrigerated. SPECIMEN CANNOT BE FROZEN.
4. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
5. See the Virology section of "Microbiology" for appropriate specimen selection and transportation.
NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING.

SWAB
1. Obtain specimen from affected area using swab provided with viral transport medium.
2. Place swab into transport media tube, break off at the neck of tube, and screw cap on tightly.
3. Label tube with patientís name (first and last), date of birth or medical record number, date and time of collection, collectorís initials and SPECIMEN SOURCE.
4. Send specimen refrigerated. SPECIMEN CANNOT BE FROZEN.
5. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
6. See the Virology section of "Microbiology" for appropriate specimen selection and transportation.
NOTE: SPECIMEN SOURCE IS REQUIRED ON REQUEST FORM FOR PROCESSING. 

Reference Values No VZV isolated 
Analytic Time 2 Days for shell vials. 2 weeks if continuation of conventional tube cultures is required. 
Day(s) Test Set Up Monday through Sunday Confirmation of positives: Monday through Friday 
CPT Code(s) 87252  Virus, tissue culture
87254  Virus, shell vial

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