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​Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) IgM Antibody


Clinical Microbiology

​Ordering Recommendations

​Specimen Requirements​

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

​Whole Blood

  • Optimal Volume: 8.5 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)
  • ​Refrigerate if blood cannot be transported or separated immediately
  • Serum must be removed from cells (red) or spun (gel) within six (6) hours of collection
  • Refrigerate serum up to 72 hours
  • After 72 hours, freeze serum at -10°C or colder
Grounds for Rejection​

Testing Information​ ​

  • ​Shipped weekdays to SDCL 
Testing Site​
  • ​Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory (SDCL), Regina
Results Reporting​
​Clinical Interpretation
​Alternate Test Names
  • ​Chicken Pox
  • Herpes Zoster antibodies
  • Shingles
SHR LIS Test Code​
  • RVARM  (For Laboratory Use Only)

Test Ordering Requirements​ ​

​Forms Required

Patient History​ ​

​Relevant Clinical History
  • ​IgM should only be requested on symptomatic patients


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Laboratory Controlled Document LSM-926 v1

Last Modified: Friday, December 15, 2017 |
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