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Varicella-Zoster IgM (Sendaway Test)

Alternative Names:VZV IgM
Laboratory:Microbiology
Test Code:VZM
Medicare rebatable:Yes
Registration Instructions:

Order if requested and/or clinical notes indicating suspected VZV infection.  Do not test if VZV PCR is being performed.  Detection by PCR is more useful than IgM detection.

Specimen Types:Serum
Container Types:
SSTSST
Adults Volume or Mass:6 mL
Minimum/Paediatric Volume or Mass:2 mL
Collection & Request Instructions:

Ordered by laboratory when clinical notes indicate a suspected VZV infection.

Detection by PCR is more useful than IgM detection.  This test is only recommended if specimen for PCR is unable to be obtained.

Transport Instructions:Room Temperature
Processing Instructions:Centrifuge
Store at 4'C
Assay Frequency:Weekdays
External Laboratory:V.I.D.R.L.
  External Laboratory details...
External Transport Instructions:Send at 4'C with Ice Pack