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

PRIMARY
1 Vescular Lesions Swab-VCM 1 (1) mL   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
ALTERNATE
  CSF 3 (0.3) mL   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Sputum (Induced)   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Tissue   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Throat Swab-VCM   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Tissue Biopsy-VCM   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(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   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  

3 mL Vescular lesions swab or Throat swab or Tissue biopsy.
SPECIMEN COLLECTION AND PREPARATION:
Specimens for viral, Chlamydia, mycoplasmal or ureaplasmal
investigation should be collected and handled following
industry standard protocols. To maintain optimum viability,
transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as
possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are
refrigerated at 2-8 degress C or kept on wet ice following
collection and while in transit. If there will be a long
delay before processing, specimens should be frozen at -70
degrees C or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage at
-20 degrees C is less satisfactory than storage at 4 degrees
C or -70 degrees C and can result in the loss of
infectivity. For shipping and handling of specimens, follow
state and federal regulations. Institutional guidelines
should be followed to handle samples within the laboratory.
All specimens should be processed as soon as they are
received in the laboratory.

SPECIMEN COLLECTION:
Proper specimen collection from the patient is extremely
critical for successful isolation and identification of
infectious organisms. For specific guidance regarding
specimen collection procedures follow industry standards for
collecting infectious organisms. Specimens should be
collected as soon as possible after clinical onset of
disease. Highest viral titers are present during the acute
illness.

FOR V-C-M MEDIUM VIALS:
1. Aseptically remove cap from vial.
2. Aseptically place sample into the vial with medium.
3. Replace cap on vial and close tightly.
4. Label with appropriate patient information.
5. Send to the laboratory for immediate analysis.
For all body fluids add an equal volume of specimen to
transport medium (VCM or any other).
Setup Schedule
Monday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
4 days

CPT Code
87254

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.

Notes
METHODOLOGY: Centrifugation Enhanced Culture w/IFA






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