Test Details

Mnemonic

HSVC

Ordering Code

3093600

CPT-4 Code(s)

87252, plus 87253 if isolated, at additional cost

Specimen Information

Collect

Variable specimen types
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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).
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Alternate Specimen

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

1.0 mL
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Transport Temperature

Varies with specimen type, see stability
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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.
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Stability

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

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

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.
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Reference Range

Not detected
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Performing Laboratory

Warde Medical Laboratory
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