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Virology Laboratory

Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) PCR - CSF specimen

  • LIS Mnemonic: HSVPCR

    Collect

    CSF

    Volume Required

    1 ml CSF

    Minimum Required

    0.5 ml CSF

    Transport

    Keep specimen at 4C

    Processing

    If an extended delay in transport of specimens is anticipated, rapidly freeze the specimens to at least -60°C and transport to the laboratory on dry ice. Depending on the specimen type, some processing of specimen material may be necessary before specimens can be frozen and shipped. Please consult the laboratory if necessary.

Days Performed

Daily

Reported

Same day

Reflex Testing

N/A

CPT

87529

Methodology

Amplification and detection of HSV DNA polymerase gene using TaqMan real-time PCR technology. This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Interpretation

If positive, results are reported as herpes simplex virus DNA detected.

Reference Values

Negative or no herpes simplex virus DNA detected

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