V-Z ANTIGEN DETECTION - VESICULAR SPECIMENS (VZG)
: VZG, Herpes zoster antigen, Direct Fluorescent Antigen (DFA) Varicella Zoster
: V-Z antigen, Herpes zoster antigen/stain
: Direct Fluorescent Antigen
: Negative, positive, invalid
: Will accept material in syringe for DFA only but requires Virology Medical Director consult
: Cellular material in a small amount (1-2 mL) of universal (viral) transport medium (UTM) or sterile saline - specify source. No wooden shaft or calcium alginate tip swabs
: Will accept material in syringe but requires lab consult.
: 1 - 2 mL UTM or sterile saline
: 1 mL UTM or sterile saline
: Store refrigerated (2-8° C), do not freeze, transport on wet ice
: Refrigerated (2-8 C); samples older than 24 hours will receive a comment.
Reasons for Rejection
: Dry swab, Calcium alginate or wooden-shaft swab; slide preps accepted but discouraged.
: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
: 1-3 hours
: Send to laboratory immediately on ice. No wooden/calcium alginate or dry swabs.
Search Options for the Test Directory:
1. Enter the test name in the Keyword search field.
Hint: You can also enter any part of the test name to expand the search.
(Example: you can type "west" or "sed" or "rate" to find Westergren Sedimentation Rate)
2. Enter the Vanderbilt Test Code, if known.
3. Choose one of the letter boxes to display a list of all test names and keywords starting with that letter.
If you are unable to find a test in our directory, please contact VPLS at
1-800-551-5227 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.