Varicella zoster

Virus, molecular diagnostics

General practitioners in the Netherlands regularly see patients with the Varicella zoster virus. The diagnosis is often made on the basis of the characteristic blisters and the complaints. If desirable, the Eurofins | NMDL-LCPL can perform (supplementary) testing on fluid from the blisters or on a smear from the bottom of the blisters. Due to the high sensitivity and the low chance of false-negative results, the PCR method is ideal for detecting the Varicella zoster virus.

How do you send in the sample?

Examination for Varicella zoster virus is the same for men and women. For both the test is performed on a swab with blister fluid.  You fix the swab in the Cobas tube and send it to us by post. You will receive a reliable result within five working days. The guideline that we follow is a multidisciplinary guideline of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Dermatologie en Venereologie (NVDV - Dutch Society for Dermatology and Venereology) and the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medische Microbiologie (NVMM - Dutch Society for Medical Microbiology).

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