VARICELLA ZOSTER CULTURE (VZC)
: VZC, Varicella zoster, VZ culture, Herpes Zoster Culture
: Tissue Culture
: Liquids in sterile leakproof container with NO ADDITIVE; tissue or swab in universal (viral) transport media,3ml
: NOT PERFORMED ON CSF without prior pathologist approval (PCR is most sensitive assay for detection of VZ in CSF).
: Blood requires consult with the lab
: Store refrigerated (2-8 C), do not freeze, transport on wet ice
: Labile specimen. Keep refrigerated.
Reasons for Rejection
: Collected more than 1 day prior to receipt in lab, calcium alginate or wooden-shaft swab, dry swab
: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
: 1 - 20 days
: Send to laboratory immediately on ice. Collect fluid from vesicles with a tuberculin syringe. Rinse fluid into viral transport medium. Vigorously swab the base of the lesions add to viral transport medium.No wooden shaft, calcium alginate or dry swabs. Additional tests/charges may be added as appropriate.
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