Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 by PCR, CSF, Swabs, BAL and Blood

Abbrev Code:HSV12PCR   
Order Code:LAB4573Order Name:Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 by PCR
Order Instructions:HSV12PCR and HSVCSFPCR are OVTs based on the source. When the source is selected at order, Beaker chooses the correct test method in the background. HSVCSFPCR prints on the label for CSF samples to distinguish CSF from other sources.
Synonyms:HSVCSFPCR; HSV by PCR; HSV Real Time PCR, Qualitative
Methodology:Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
CPT Codes: 87529 x2, 87529 x2
Turnaround Time:CSF and swab testing is performed 7 days/week; results are reported within 24 hours. 
Blood and BAL testing is performed 3 days/week.

HSV blood/BAL - This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by the Infectious Diagnostics Diseases Laboratory. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes using ASR reagents.

HSV CSF/swabs - This test uses an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) that has been cleared or approved by the FDA.

Collection Instructions

Specimen:CSF, mucocutaneous swabs, plasma and BAL
Collection Instructions:
Specimen Type Instructions Volume Container
Blood Centrifuge and aliquot plasma Optimal: 2 mL
Minimum: 1.2 mL
Purple (EDTA)
Bronchial Alveolar Lavage Collect into sterile leakproof container. Optimal: 1 mL
Minimum: 0.5 mL
Sterile Container
CSF Aliquot into sterile container. Optimal: 1 mL
Minimum: 0.5 mL
Sterile Container
Swab Swab of mucocutaneous and cutaneous skin lesions in universal transport media 1 mL of Universal transport media UTM
Causes for Rejection:Calcium alginate swabs and eSwabs are not acceptable. Specimens that do not meet the minimum volume requirements will be cancelled as  "Quantity not sufficient".

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing: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)


Reference Range:
Negative HSV 1 & 2 not detected by PCR
Positive 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.

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