Ordering Recommendation

Generally not recommended for the diagnosis of acute disease/encephalitis. May aid in diagnosing varicella-zoster virus vasculopathy.

Mnemonic

VZECSF

Methodology

Semi-Quantitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay

Performed

Sun - Sat

Reported

Within 24 hours

New York DOH Approval Status

Specimens from New York clients will be sent out to a New York DOH approved laboratory, if possible.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation
Collect

CSF.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 0.5 mL CSF to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.3 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated. Also acceptable: Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions

Contaminated, heat-inactivated, hemolyzed, or xanthochromic specimens.

Remarks
Stability

Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year

Reference Interval

Effective February 18, 2020

134.9 IV or less Negative - No significant level of IgG antibody to varicella-zoster virus detected.
135.0-164.9 IV Equivocal - Repeat testing in 10-14 days may be helpful.
165.0 IV or greater Positive - IgG antibody to varicella-zoster virus detected, which may indicate a current or past varicella-zoster infection.

Interpretive Data

The detection of antibodies to varicella-zoster in CSF may indicate central nervous system infection. However, consideration must be given to possible contamination by blood or transfer of serum antibodies across the blood-brain barrier.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Modified FDA

Note

Hotline History

N/A

CPT Codes

86787

Components

Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0054444 VZV Antibody IgG CSF 58755-0
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Aliases

  • CSF VZV
  • Herpes Zoster Antibodies CSF
  • Varicella-Zoster Antibody CSF
  • Varicella-zoster IgG CSF
  • VZ AB IgG CSF
  • VZ Ab, CSF
Varicella-Zoster Virus Antibody, IgG, CSF