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S52012: Varicella-zoster Virus, Rapid Method Culture [2691] Print View
Specimen Source:      
CULT, Varicella-Zoster      

1 Vescular Lesions Swab-VCM 3 (1) mL   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  CSF 3 (1) mL   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Sputum (Induced)   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Tissue   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Throat Swab-VCM   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Tissue Biopsy-VCM   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Eye Swab-VCM   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Bronchial Lavage/Wash   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Tracheal Aspirate   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  

Chickenpox and Shingles represent different clinical manifestations of infection with the same Varicella/herpes zoster virus. Chickenpox (Varicella) is the primary infection, occurs most frequently in children and is characterized by fever and a generalized vesicular exanthem. Shingles (zoster) is the re-activation of latent virus in the dorsal root ganglia, generally occurs in adults and consists of a painful, circumscribed eruption of vesicular lesions with accompanying inflammation of associated dorsal root on the face or the back. Pregnant women are at greater risk for varicella pneumonia than other adults. Results of certain serological studies after natural varicella or immunization also indicate that re-infection and reactivation of VZV may occur in the absence of clinical symptoms.

To maintain optimum viability:
Place swab or fluid into VCM (equal volumes of fluid and VCM) or
equivalent and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as
possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are
refrigerated at 2-8 degrees C or kept on wet ice following
collection and while in transit. If there will be a long delay before
processing, specimens in VCM or equivalent should be frozen at -70
degrees C or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage or transport
at -20 degress C is not acceptable. Raw (unpreserved) samples should
only be refrigerated and not frozen.
Setup Schedule

Reported (Analytical Time)
4 days

CPT Code

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Transport Temperature: Refrigerated
Specimen Stability: For specimens received in V-C-M Medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM); (Code: VT)
Room Temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 72 hours
Frozen: (-20C): Unacceptable
Frozen: (-70C): 30 days For specimens received in sterile leak-proof container; (Code: SC)
Room Temp: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 72 hours
Frozen (-20C): Unacceptable
Frozen (-70C): Unacceptable
Methodology: Centrifugation Enhanced Culture with Immunofluorescence
Reject Criteria: Reject due to thawing or other; dry swabs; formalin other fixatives (any specimen); gel-based transport systems; nucleic acid transport systems; slides; stool specimen; urine specimen; whole blood; serum; plasma; wooden shaft and calcium alginate swabs.

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