Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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


Sunquest Test Code:
VZVVF      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: VZVVF         Geisinger Epic ID: 35197

Specimen type:
Vitreous fluid
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
Vitreous fluid in sterile screw-capped tube; minimum 0.05 mL
Special notes:
Specimen must be received at performing lab within 96 hours of collection.

Specimen processing instructions:
Do not ship in syringe. Do not add water or saline. 
Transport temperature:
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 96 hours. Refrigerated: Unspecified. Frozen: Unspecified. Specimen must be received at performing lab within 96 hours of collection.
Rejection criteria:
Stability limit exceeded.

Reference interval:
3160 copies/mL to 1 x 108 copies/mL.
CPT code(s):
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 vitreous fluid.
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
VZV Real-time PCR vitreous fluid, eye fluid
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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