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Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Blood Test, DNA, PCR

The VZV Blood Test, DNA, PCR is used in the detection of VZV DNA in permits rapid and sensitive patient testing.

Test Code: 138313

Also Known As: VZV, DNA by Real-time PCR


Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)


No special preparation required.

Test Results:

4-6 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


Varicella-Zoster virus (VZV) is a member of the Herpesviridae family that causes chickenpox as a primary infection and can reactivate later in life as herpes zoster or shingles. VZV infection in immunocompromised individuals often leads to a progressive disease state involving multiple organs. The detection of Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) DNA is based upon the real-time amplification and detection of specific VZV genomic DNA sequences by PCR from total DNA extracted from the specimen.

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