Herpes Simplex Virus Culture reflex to Typing

Last Modified: 7/18/2016 8:18:04 AM

Specimen Requirements:

Tissue in a in M4RT Vial (Red Cap Vial)

Collection Instructions: 1. Specimens should be collected early in the acute phase of infection. The chance of viral recovery is best during the first 3 days after onset and is greatly reduced beyond 5 days with many viruses.
2. Source of specimen is required, please include on requisition.
3. Place the following specimens into viral transport media (M4, etc): genital lesions, vesicle swab or fluid, mouth.
4. Submit CSF in a sterile, leak proof container.
5. Unacceptable specimens: Whole blood, urine, stool, wooden swabs, and calcium alginate.
6. Specimens received more than 72 hours from time of draw must be frozen at -70C (not -20C) or on dry ice. Do not freeze specimen at -20 C. Virus loses infectivity.
7. Ship specimens on cold pack or on dry ice.
8. M4 transport media (M4) and dacron-tipped swabs with plastic or fine-wire shafts available for use with M4 are provided.
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability:

24 hours Ambient
72 hours Refrigerated
2 months Frozen

Reference Range: Refer to Interpretive Results
Methodology: Multiple
Clinical Significance: Assay detects and identifies HSV using "transgenic cell technology." HSV is responsible for several clinically significant human viral diseases, with severity ranging from mild to fatal. HSV Type 1 infections are usually found above the waist. HSV Type 2 infections are more commonly seen in association with the genitalia and surrounding areas, and are usually sexually transmitted. It is important to note, however, that both Herpes Simplex Type 1 and 2 have been involved in all disease manifestations and locations of the body
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 5 to 6 days
Days Performed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Quest - Valencia
PHL Test Code: MSOT
EPIC Test Code:
Send Out Test Code: 2427
Alternate Test Names: Herpes Condaloma Cx Tissue
CPT Coding: 87255

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