HSV Qualitative PCR
Label Mnemonic: HSVPCR
Epic Lab Code: LAB2467
Downtime Form: A-1a Doctor-Provider Orders - Pathology Microbiology
Microbiology/Molecular Infectious Disease
BT 6004
Vesicle Fluid, Surface Swab (in UTM; Throat, Buccal Mucosa, Cervical or Genital Lesions), Eye swab samples collected in UTM or CSF
Specimen Instructions:
Immediately place vesicle fluid, swab in viral transport media; available in Hospital Stores #33625, #923740 for viral transport kit. Source of specimen is required.

If collecting CSF, please refer to the "Additional Information" link listed below for further details.
Collection Medium:
or or
Chlamydia/Viral Transport Kit Swab Kit Straight HSV--VZV/Viral Culture 3.0 mL CSF collection kit
Collect one of the following specimens:
Vesicle fluid/swab (first three days of rash) in viral transport media
0.5 mL CSF in CSF tube from the collection kit
Rejection Criteria:
Sputum, tracheal aspirate or skin scrapings.
Vitreous fluid samples - Order mailout test Herpes Simplex Virus PCR, Vitreous (LAB7468).
Delivery Instructions:
Deliver to laboratory immediately after collection.
Testing Schedule:
0800-1630 Monday through Friday. For additional services, contact Clinical Pathology Resident on-call at pager #3404.
Turn Around Time:
24 hours (upon receipt in laboratory)
Reference Range:

Positive results will be reported as positive for HSV Type 1, HSV Type 2, or both.
The performance characteristics of this test were determined by the University of Iowa Microbiology and Molecular Pathology Laboratory. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary. This test is for clinical purposes. It should not be regarded as investigational or for research. The laboratory is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) as qualified to perform high complexity clinical laboratory testing.
PCR amplification
CPT Code:
See also:
Herpes Simplex Virus PCR, Other Fluids, Amniotic, Vitreous, Ocular or Aqueous Fluid
See Additional Information:
CSF Specimen Collection for Analysis