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Lab Test Dictionary

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) PCR, Qualitative (CSF or Plasma)

Methodology

Real-Time (PCR)


Synonyms

HSV PCR, HSV DNA Qualitative, HSV Type 1 and 2 DNA Qualitative

Specimen Type

CSF or Plasma

Performing Lab

RCHSD MDL (PCR)


Epic ID

LAB917

Lab Test Days

Monday-Saturday (10 AM Cutoff)

Standard TAT

48 Hours

Stat TAT

N/A


Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-0.5 mL CSF or 1 mL Blood collected EDTA lavender-top tube is only acceptable from NEONATES LESS THAN 60 DAYS OLD and immunocompromised patients

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

1 mL Blood collected EDTA lavender-top tube is only acceptable from NEONATES LESS THAN 60 DAYS OLD and immunocompromised patients. Do not collect in microtainer.


Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Refrigerate-OK/Frozen-OK

Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours; Refrigerated: 7 Days; Frozen: 1 Month

Rejection Criteria

Microtainer; Heparinized plasma; serum; Specimen volume less than 0.1 mL; Leaky specimen

Test Volume Required

0.5 mL CSF or Plasma

Minimum Test Volume

0.3 mL CSF or Plasma

Processing Instructions

Separate plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection and transfer plasma to a screw-cap tube. DO NOT USE SNAP-CAP TUBES. Place CSF/plamsa in a small clear bag and place in -80 freezer MDL (PCR) bin ASAP.


Included Tests

HSV-1 and HSV-2


Comments

Distinguishes HSV-1 from HSV-2 Genotypes


CPT Codes

87529 (x2)


Revised

1/4/24

Initials

SA