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Test ID: HSVC    
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Spinal Fluid

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

See Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

CSF

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Container/Tube: Aliquot tube (12- x 75-mm screw cap vial: T465)

Specimen Volume: 0.2 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge or heat-inactivate.

Additional Information:

1. The high sensitivity of amplification by PCR requires the specimen to be processed in an environment in which contamination of the specimen by herpes simplex virus DNA is not likely.

2. Specimens that are received with less than the minimum volume required for all testing requested will be canceled.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.1 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Heat-treated spinal fluid Reject

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
CSFRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 7 days