Varicella zoster (VZV) PCR CSF

Microbiology

Notes

 

  • Used for patients where a diagnosis of Varicella zoster meningitis or encephalitis is considered
  • The test is usually performed on a lymphocytic CSF
  • This test is part of the Meningo-encephalitis viral PCR screen set

Sample requirements

This will be performed on CSF samples sent for microscopy and culture

See Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset

Storage/transport

Transport to the laboratory immediately. Refrigerate samples if transport is delayed.

See CSF transport flowchart

Turnaround time

Sent to a Regional Reference Centre

Up to 7 days


Page last reviewed: 15/07/2014