Test Details



Ordering Code


CPT-4 Code(s)

87252, plus 87253 if isolated, at additional cost

Specimen Information


Variable specimen types

Specimen Preparation

Swab specimens in viral transport medium. 3.0 mL (1.0 mL minimum).
Biopsy/tissue specimens in saline or viral transport medium (Snap frozen -20°C).
EDTA Plasma - (lavender top tube), 2.0 mL of separated plasma (1.0 mL minimum).

Alternate Specimen

The Laboratory Director or Supervisor must approve testing of specimens other than those listed.

Minimum Volume

1.0 mL

Transport Temperature

Varies with specimen type, see stability

Rejection Criteria

The following specimen types will not be tested: CSF or body fluids; CNS tissue; Urine; Stool; Whole blood or serum; Specimens in proprietary PCR transport media; Specimens in bacterial transport media, Stewart medium (Culturette), gel, or charcoal transports; Specimens in bacteriological blood culture media; Dry swabs, wooden swabs, calcium alginate swabs; Tissues received in transport media that has not been frozen (-20°C); Frozen specimens (except tissues); Specimens received in non-sterile or leaking containers.


Swab or Plasma:
Room temperature: 4 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: Unacceptable

Tissue and Biopsy:
Room temperature: 4 hours
Refrigerated: Unacceptable
Frozen: 30 days


Standard tube culture with monoclonal antibody staining of CPE-positive cultures. This method can isolate and differentiate herpes type 1 and herpes type 2. Other viruses in the specimen will not be identified.

Reference Range

Not detected

Performing Laboratory

Warde Medical Laboratory

New York DOH Approval Status