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Test Catalog

Test ID: HERPV    
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2, Qualitative PCR, Varies

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Advisory Information

If HSV is suspected in blood, order HERPB / Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2, Qualitative PCR, Blood.

 

If HSV is suspected in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), order HSVC / Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Spinal Fluid.

 

If varicella zoster virus is suspected, order LVZV / Varicella-Zoster Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR.

Additional Testing Requirements

If both HERPV / Herpes Simples Virus 1 and 2, Qualitative PCR, Varies and LVZV / Varicella-Zoster Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR will be ordered, 2 swabs should be submitted, each in a separate transport media.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required. Swabs and tissue specimens must include the main anatomical site of collection.

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

It is recommended that HERPV be collected separately from other PCR tests.

 

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Pleural, peritoneal, ascites, pericardial, amniotic, or ocular

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.

 

Specimen Type: Respiratory

Sources: Bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing, sputum, or tracheal aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

 

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Genital, cervical, rectal, dermal, ocular, nasal, throat, or oral

Supplies:

Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

M4 media, M4-RT (T605)

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Place swab into multimicrobe media (M4-RT [T605], M4, or M5 media).

 

Specimen Type: Tissue

Sources: Brain, colon, kidney, liver, lung, etc.

Supplies: M4-RT (T605) or M4 media

Container/Tube: Sterile container containing 1-2 mL of sterile saline or multi-microbe medium (M4-RT [T605], M4 media, or M5 media)

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Submit only fresh tissue.

 

Specimen Type: Urine (<1 month old infant)

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-General Request (T239)

-Microbiology Test Request (T244)

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

Fluids, Respiratory, and Urine: 0.3 mL
Swabs and Tissue: Entire collection

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

Tissues/Swabs Calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, or transport swab containing gel Formalin-fixed and/or paraffin-embedded tissues

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
VariesRefrigerated7 days