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Herpes simplex virus by PCR, CSF

Lab Section: 

Virology

 

Lab Location: 

Main Lab

Test ID: 

LAB3075

 

Synonyms: 

HSV PCR, CSF

Methodology: 

Real-Time TaqMan PCR

Schedule: 

Daily, Mon-Sun

Reported: 

1 day

Specimen Requirements: 

Collection: 1.0 mL Collect CSF in a sterile tube.
CSF Tube 4 also acceptable.
Pediatric volume: 0.5 mL.
Transport: Deliver immediately to the laboratory. Transport refrigerated. For delays over 8 hrs, keep frozen.
Stability: Refrigerated: 8 hours; Frozen: 3 months

 

Notes: 

Reflex Criteria: All HSV PCR positives in the type-common screening assay, are typed the following day in a type-specific PCR assay.

HSV-2 positives in CSF are most often associated with a benign meningitis that may be recurrent. Note: HSV genital infection may be subclinical.

Reference Interval: 

Not Detected

CPT Code(s): 

87529

Last Changed: 

8/22/2017 12:17:50 PM

Last Reviewed: 

8/22/2017 12:17:50 PM