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Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1 and 2 DNA, Qualitative, RT-PCR (34257)

Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)


Synonyms

HSV PCR; HSV 1/2

Specimen Type

See Collection Instructions

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano


Epic ID

LAB01238

Lab Test Days

Daily

Standard TAT

1-2 Days


Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.3-1 mL CSF, Pleural fluid, Pericardial fluid; or 0.35-1 mL Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)/wash; or 0.5-1 mL Vitreous fluid

Container Type

Sterile Container

Collection Instructions

Serum collected in a serum separator tube (SST); or Lesion swab collected in Quest VCM/viral transport media or APTIMA Unisex Swab Collection Kit is also acceptable. Quest VCM/viral transport media or APITMA Unisex Swab Collection Kit can be obtained from lab. Quest VCM/viral transport media are located in the processing refrigerator top shelf and APTIMA Unisex Swab Collection Kits are located by the Quest processing supplies in Referral Testing area or storage room. Indicate source in comments and on specimen.


Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature

Refrigerate-OK/Frozen-OK

Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 48 Hours (14 Days for APTIMA); Refrigerated: 7 Days (14 Days for APTIMA); Frozen: 30 Days

Rejection Criteria

AVANTIK viral transport media; Whole blood

Test Volume Required

1 mL

Minimum Test Volume

0.3-0.5 mL

Processing Instructions

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


CPT Codes

87529 (x2)


Revised

3/28/23

Initials

SA