HSV 1 & 2 Qualitative PCR Plasma, Bronchial Wash

Sunquest Code:HSBBW  
Epic Code:LAB8225Epic Name:HSV 1 and 2 Qual PCR Plasma/Bronch Wash
Synonyms:HSV by PCR; Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR; HSV Real-Time PCR, Qualitative
Methodology:Polymerase chain reaction
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Turnaround Time:Performed three times each week; results are reported within 2-5 days.
Special Instructions:Tissue specimens will be sent out for molecular HSV testing.

Analyte Specific Reagents are used in many laboratory tests necessary for standard medical care and generally do not require U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Fairview Laboratory Services. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This test is used for clinical purposes. It should not be regarded as investigational or for research.

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IDDL (Microbiology/Virology) Collection Container Guidelines

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood and bronchial wash or BAL
Optimal Volume:2 mL blood or 1 mL bronchial wash or BAL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL blood or 0.5 mL bronchial wash or BAL
Container:Purple (EDTA) (Plastic leakproof container, sterile)
Causes for Rejection:Samples other than plasma, bronchial wash or BAL.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge or aliquot 1 mL; 0.5 mL minimum plasma or bronchial wash or BAL. Store refrigerated.
Shipping Instructions:Ship refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:


HSV 1&2 DNA not detected by PCR


HSV 1 DNA detected by PCR

HSV 2 DNA detected by PCR

A negative result does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or Herpes simplex virus DNA concentrations below the level of detection by the assay.


Use:Order PCR on active infections only.

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