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Lab Test Dictionary

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Varies (LHSV)


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reactions (RT-PCR)



Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Mayo Medical Lab

Epic ID

Other Reference Test

Lab Test Days

Monday-Saturday; Varies

Standard TAT

1-3 Days

Collection Information

Container Type

See Below

Collection Instructions

0.5 mL Fluid (Pleural, Peritoneal, Ascites, Pericardial or Ocular) collected in a sterile container; 1 mL Respiratory (Bronchial washing, Bronchoalveolar lavage, Nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing, Sputum, Tracheal aspirate) collected in a sterile container; Swab (Genital, Cervical, Rectal, Dermal, Ocular, Throat or Oral) collected in a Culturette (BBL Culture Swab); Fresh Tissue (Brain, Colon, Kidney, Liver, Lung etc.) collected in a sterile container containing 1-2 mL of sterile saline or multi-microbe medium (M4-RT, M4 media, or M5 media). 0.5 mL Urine (< 1 month old infant) collected in a sterile container.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 7 Days (Preferred); Frozen: 7 Days

Rejection Criteria

Calcium alginated-tipped swab; Wood swab; Transport swab containing gel; Formalin-fixed and/or paraffin-embedded tissues

Test Volume Required

0.5-1 mL

Minimum Test Volume

0.4 mL

Processing Instructions

Order in Mayolink and send with Mayo courier Monday-Friday.

CPT Codes

87529 (x2)