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Herpes Culture (with Typing) *

SIM

21521 

CPT

87255 

Synonyms

HSV Culture,  Herpes Simplex Culture; Herpes Culture 

Specimen Type

Vaginal swabs,penile,  ,CSF, vesicular fluid, ulcerated lesions, throat, urine, eye, biopsy 

Container

 Swabs in Viral Transport Media (M4,UTM);
 Fluids and Tissue in Viral Media

Collection Instructions

Collection is best within the first 3 days after appearance of a lesion, but no more than 7 days. After collection , remove cap from transport media tube and insert swab, break swab shaft. Replace cap so that swab will not interfere with closure and allow tube to leak .Place fluids or tissues in transport media immediately after collection.

Volume

Volume: 1 swab in viral transport media;1 ml .fluid; 0.5 grams tissue
Min .volume: same as above

Additional Information

Do not use expired viral transport media; Call lab if unsure about sources or collection.

Patient Preparation

 

Specimen Processing Instructions

Write SOURCE of culture on tube.

 Do not freeze

Transport Requirements

Refrigerate

Specimen Stability

 Refrigerated : 7 days 

Rejection Criteria

Specimen in leaking transport container, dry swabs ,specimen in fixative, room temperature specimen; wooden shaft swab, calcium alginate swab, expired transport media ,prolonged delay in receiving.(> 72 hrs)

Reference Range

Negative

CriticalValue

 

Test Includes

Cell culture by ELVIS® method; identification and typing of herpes simplex virus 

Methodology

Enzyme-linked virus-inducible system (ELVIS®) Cultures positive by ELVIS® are confirmed by immunofluorescent staining.  

TestingFrequency

 

LCA

008250 

Reviewed By

Lisa McBride  

Reviewed Date

2/19/2018 

Supplemental

 * Denotes Reference Lab Test

Reviewed by Lisa McBride on February 19, 2018

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