Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

VARICELLA ZOSTER PCR (CSF)

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
VZVCSF      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: VZVCSF         Geisinger Epic ID: 35186

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
CSF
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
2 mL CSF in sterile screw-capped tube; minimum 0.5 mL

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Frozen.
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: Not recommended. Unspecified. Refrigerated: Not recommended. Frozen: Unspecified.

TEST DETAILS
Reference interval:
221 copies/mL to 1 x 108 copies/mL
CPT code(s):
87799
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
VZV real-time PCR.
Methodology:
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Synonyms:
Viracor test code 9500
Clinical significance:
VZV reactivation is commonly seen in immunocompromised individuals. These patients are more likely to have disseminated disease with extensive skin lesions, pneumonia, hepatitis, or encephalitis. Proper management is dependent upon early diagnosis; quantitative DNA PCR is a rapid and sensitive tool useful for detecting the virus, tracking the course of the infection, and monitoring response to treatment.

Performing Locations

Viracor-IBT Laboratories

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Monday-Saturday    
Performed stat? No
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