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HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS,QUAL,RT-PCR

Test Number:
  • 6481
Test Alias:
Preferred Specimen:
  • SERUM
Container Type:
  • SST
Alternative Specimen:
  • PLASMA OR WHOLE BLOOD FROM A EDTA/LAVENDER TOP OR YELLOW TOP TUBE
Volume:
  • 1 ML
Collection Instructions:
  • ALTERNATIVE SPECIMENS: M4 transport medium • Swab in transport medium • Serum Separator Tube (SST®) • Cervical/endocervical swab • Eye swab • Lesion (vesicle) aspirate/swab • Swab submitted in a V-C-M medium (green-cap) tube or equivalent (UTM). COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS: CSF (preferred): Collect in a sterile container and store refrigerated or frozen. Swab (acceptable): Collect swab in M4 or V-C-M transport medium. Store refrigerated or frozen. Serum (acceptable): Collect blood in sterile tubes with no anticoagulants; Serum Separator Tubes (SST®) are recommended. Allow blood to clot at room temperature and separate serum from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer serum to sterile, plastic screw-cap vial. Store refrigerated or frozen. Plasma or whole blood (acceptable): Collect in EDTA (lavender-top) tube or ACD solution B (yellow-top) tube. Do not freeze whole blood.
Transport Temperature:
  • REFRIDGERATED
Specimen Stability:
  • Room temperature: 48 hours
  • Refrigerated: 7 days
  • Frozen: 30 days - do not freeze whole blood.
Methodology:
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
CPT Code:
  • 87529
Reject Criteria:
  • Frozen whole blood
Reference Range:
  • HSV 1 DNA: Not detected, HSV 2 DNA: Not detected
Report Available:
  • 5 days

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