Pathology Handbook

Varicella IgM antibodies (for recent infection)

Clinical Indications


Test Includes

Detection of IgM antibodies to Varicella zoster virus

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request during routine working hours; reference laboratory test (Addenbrookes)

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset /contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

7-10 days


Serum, Red or Gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Leaking sample
Insufficient clinical information given

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC; send to the Reference Laboratory (Addenbrookes) as soon as possible. Second aliquot stored at -40ºC for 3 months from date of receipt.