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Lab Test Dictionary

Herpes Simplex Virus Culture (2692)


Centrifuge Enhanced Culture; Histochemical Stain


Herpes Simplex Virus Culture, Rapid Method; HSV

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

3-4 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

Nasal/nasopharyngeal, endocervical, eye, lesion (vesicle) aspirate, urethral, vaginal, rectal mucosa (without feces) or throat swab

Container Type

Viral Media

Collection Instructions

1-3 mL Bronchial lavage/wash, lavage/wash, fresh (unfixed) tissue collected in VCM (green-cap) tube or equivalent or sterile screw-cap container is also acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 4 Days (72 Hours for Raw (unpreserved) specimen); Frozen: 30 Days (Unacceptable for Raw (unpreserved) specimen

Rejection Criteria

CSF; Sputum; Raw (unpreserved) stool; Dry swabs; Molecular transport systems; Bacterial transport systems; Tissue or biopsies in formalin or other fixatives; Calcium alginated swabs; Wooden shaft swabs; Non gel-based bacterial transports

Test Volume Required

3 mL Fluid or 2 g Tissue

Minimum Test Volume

1 mL Fluid or 1 g Tissue

Processing Instructions

Indicate source in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet.

CPT Codes