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HSV DNA by PCR;HSV 1&2 by PCR; Herpes by PCR;HSV 1& 2 DNA
CSF, whole blood plasma ,tissues ,swabs, and vitreous fluid
Whole blood: Lavender –top(EDTA) or yellow-top(ACD) tube CSF: Sterile tube or plastic aliquot tube Plasma: Lavender-top(EDTA) tube Serum : Gold or Red-top tube Swabs: Viral transport media-(M4 or UTM)
Swabs must be in Viral transport media at time of collection.
Volume: Whole blood:1 ml-ACD;1 ml-lavender-top tube CSF:2 ml. Plasma or serum : 1 ml Min. volume: Whole blood: 1 ml-ACD; 1 ml-lavender –top; CSF: 0.5 ml.; Plasma or serum: 1 ml.
HSV is a single test that both detects the presence of HSV DNA and determines which type is present in the positive samples, There is no mechanism for testing HSV-1 without simultaneously testing HSV-2
Specimen Processing Instructions
Swabs must be in Viral media ;
CSF must not be placed in Viral Media
Do not freeze whole blood
CSF, plasma and serum: Frozen; Whole blood: Room temperature; Viral transport media: Refrigerate
Whole Blood : Room Temp or Refrigerated 7 days. CSF, Serum, Plasma : Room Temp. , Refrigerated 7 days, Frozen 90 days; Swabs: Room Temp, Refrigerated or frozen 7 days
Frozen whole blood specimens. Quantity not sufficient
HSV 1 DNA and HSV 2 DNA
Polymerase chain reaction(PCR)
* Denotes Reference Lab Test
Reviewed by Lisa McBride on February 19, 2018
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