HSV 1 & 2 Qualitative DNA by PCR, CSF

Sunquest Code:HSCSF  
Epic Code:LAB6574Epic Name:HSV Types 1 and 2 Qualitative PCR CSF
Synonyms:Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR; HSV by PCR; HSV Real-Time PCR, Qualitative
Methodology:Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Turnaround Time:Performed 7 days/week. Results are reported within 24 hours.
Special Instructions:This assay is for the qualitative detection and differentiation of HSV-1 and HSV-2 in CSF ONLY. Use test code "HSDNA" for all other specimen types.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Sterile tube
Causes for Rejection:Specimens other than CSF will not be tested using this assay. Specimens that do not meet the minimum volume requirements will be canceled as QNS.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Aliquot 1 mL, 0.5 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator or frozen.
Shipping Instructions:Ship refrigerated or frozen.
Stability:7 days refrigerated. For longer storage, freeze.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC-East Bank)


Critical Range:If CSF is positive.
Reference Range:


HSV 1 & 2 DNA not detected by PCR


HSV 1 DNA detected by PCR

HSV 2 DNA detected by PCR



Use:Aids in the diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections, including qualitative detection and differentiation of HSV-1 and HSV-2, in cerebrospinal (CSF) specimens.

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