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Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) Antibodies, IgM

Test ID: 

706396

CPT code:

86787

Synonyms:

Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Antibodies, Quantitative, IgM

VZV IgM

Clinical Use:

Detect IgM antibodies specific for VZV. These IgM antibodies, if present, can help confirm a diagnosis of VZV acute infection. The IgM response to VZV can be detected at seven days postinfection and usually peaks at 14 days. If a patient presents more than nine days after the appearance of a rash, this assay should not be used.

Specimen Type:

Serum

Requested Volume: 

1 mL

Minimum Volume: 

0.5 mL

Container Type: 

Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube

Storage Instructions:

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Stability Requirements:

Temperature

Period

Room temperature

14 days

Refrigerated

14 days

Frozen

14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

Rejection Criteria

Hemolysis; lipemia; gross bacterial contamination; plasma samples

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