|Alternate:||Herpes I and II by PCR; HSV-PCR; PCR for HSV; PCR for HSV Blood|
|Includes:||Detection of HSV using PCR|
|SQ Code:||PCHSV, PCHSVB (blood)|
|Available:||Daily, first shift only. Specimens received in the lab before noon are performed same day|
|Turnaround:||1-2 days. Test performed daily, first shift only. Specimens received in the lab before noon are resulted the same day.|
|Specimen:||CSF in sterile tube
Vesicles in culturette, specify site
Blood collected in EDTA (purple top) tube
|Volume:||1.0 mL CSF
Swab of vesicle (no swabs with wooden shafts please) or vesicle fluid in Viral/Chlamydia transport media. Please specify site.
Minimum 1.5 mL Blood
Swab in Viral/Chlamydia transport media
EDTA (purple top) tube
|Temperature:||Room temperature. Refrigerate if transport is delayed more than one hour.|
|Normal:||Negative for HSV by PCR|
|Uses:||Detection of Herpes simplex virus I and II by PCR. This test performed on CSF, swabs of wounds/vesicles, and blood.|
|Limitations:||A negative result does not necessarily rule out infection.|
|Method:||Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)|
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