Pathology Handbook

Varicella IgM antibodies (for recent infection)

Clinical Indications

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Test Includes

Detection of IgM antibodies to Varicella zoster virus

Request Form 

Request via ICE

Availability

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

Specimen

Serum, Red or Gold top (SST) tube

Volume

7 ml

Container

Vacutainer red top

Collection

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.