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​Varicella-Zoster IgG Antibody


Clinical Microbiology

Ordering Recommendations​ ​

  • ​To establish immune status to Varicella Zoster virus (VZV)
  • To evaluate seroconversion following Varicella zoster vaccine
  • List relevant clinical symptoms and/or immunizations

Specimen Requirements​ ​

  • ​Serum
  • ​Preferred Collection Container: Tiger (gel) 
  • Alternative Collection Container: Red
​Required Volume

​Whole Blood

  • Optimal Volume: 8 mL
  • Minimum Volume: 3 mL
    (Submitting the minimum volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory/reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum volume may require a second collection)

Serum (For Laboratory Use Only)

  • Minimum Volume: 1 mL

  • ​Stable at room temperature for 24 hours
  • Greater than 24 hours, refrigerate at 2 to 8°C
  • Greater than 72 hours, spin, remove serum and freeze (-10°C or colder)
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

Testing Site​
  • Virology Laboratory, RUH
Results Reporting​
  • 1 to 7 days
  • ​Indirect Chemiluminescence Immunoassay (CLIA)
​Clinical Interpretation
  • ​Positive result indicative of previous infection or immunization
​Specimen Retention
  • ​3 months
​Alternate Test Names
  • ​Chickenpox
  • Herpes Zoster Ab (Antibody)
  • Varicella Zoster Ab
  • VZV IgG (Immunoglobulin G)
  • Shingles

Test Ordering Requirements​ ​

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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-452 v2

Last Modified: Friday, December 15, 2017 |
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