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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) PCR - blood specimen

  • LIS Mnemonic: HSVPCR

    Collect

    Lavendar (EDTA)

    Volume Required

    4-7 ml; for infants a volume of 2-4 ml is acceptable

    Minimum Required

    4 ml; for infants a volume of 2 ml is acceptable

    Transport

    Transport blood in a timely fashion (preferably within 8 hours of collection) at room temperature to the Clinical Virology Laboratory.

    Unacceptable conditions

    Clotted specimens

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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