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BCH Order Code VZVPCR Varicella Zoster PCR, Lesion

Important Note

This test is only for oral, dermal, genital or eye lesions.

For non-lesion specimens including CSF, order V. Zoster PCR, Non-lesion (VZPCR)


Performing Laboratory

Boulder Community Health

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Active cutaneous or mucocutaneous oral, dermal, genital or eye lesions

Container/Tube: Sterile container with Universal Transport Media (UTM) or equivalent viral transport media

Collection Instructions: Vigorously rub swab over active lesion/vesicle and place swab in container with transport media.


Specimen stable 48 hours at room temperature or 7 days refrigerated or frozen.

Reference Values

VZV DNA Not Detected

Day(s) Test Set Up


Test Classification and CPT Coding


LOINC Code Information


Useful For

The rapid diagnosis of varicella zoster infections from active vesicles/lesions.