General Information, Microbiology

New Test: Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) PCR, Swab

Effective February 10, 2022, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory will offer Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) PCR testing on swab specimens collected from cutaneous and mucocutaneous lesions (e.g. anorectal, genital, nasal, ocular, oral, skin, urethral).

PCR is the test method of choice for the diagnosis of VZV infection due to its enhanced sensitivity and speed as compared to traditional viral cultures, which should no longer be used for VZV detection.



Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) PCR, Swab – Epic Code #LAB1230844, Interface Code #1230844, CPT #87798

Collection information: Cutaneous and mucocutaneous lesion swabs collected in 3-mL UTM/Swab set (UTM medium w/regular flocked swab). Transport refrigerated. Reference range: Negative for VZV. Please refer to laboratory catalog for more information and details on collection instructions.


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