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Test Code 6484 Varicella-Zoster Antibody (VZV), IgG, Serum

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Multiplex Flourescent Immunoassay


Literature Reference:

1. Package insert: MMRV package insert, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. 3/2012

2. Brunel PA. Varicella-zoster virus. Manual of clinical laboratory immunology, Washington, D. C.: American Society for Microbiology, 1992:560-2.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Serum

Container/Tube: Plain red top, red/grey separator

Specimen Volume: Full tube, minimum 1mL of serum


Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday - Sunday

Cut-off time: 1300

Turnaround Time:
STAT: not available
Routine: results available the day of testing

Reference Values

Results Interpretation
Negative No detectable antibody to Varicella-zoster virus. Such individuals are presumed to be uninfected with VZV and to be susceptible to primary infection.
Equivocal Presence or absence of detectable antibodies to Varicella-zoster virus IgG cannot be determined and the test should be repeated.
Positive Indicates presence of detectable antibody to Varicella-zoster virus. Indicative of current or previous infection, hence immunity.



Test Classification and CPT Coding


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only

Alternate tube:

Heparin (mint green)

Analyte Stability:

Specimen may be stored at 2° C to 8° C for 7 days prior to testing with no more than 3 freeze/thaw cycles. Specimens may be stored at ≤-20° Cfor up to 1 year.

Laboratory Processing Instructions:

Test performed in BJH Core Lab. Specimen is processed by the automated line for delivery to the AOB rack with a minimum of 1mL of serum. Completed specimens will be stored 7 days refrigerated.

Specimen Transport Temperature


LOINC Code Information

Name LOINC Code
Varicella-Zoster Antibody (VZV), IgG, Serum 15410-4