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HSV Culture, Herpes Simplex Culture; Herpes Culture
Vaginal swabs,penile, ,CSF, vesicular fluid, ulcerated lesions, throat, urine, eye, biopsy
Swabs in Viral Transport Media (M4,UTM); Fluids and Tissue in Viral Media
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: 1 swab in viral transport media;1 ml .fluid; 0.5 grams tissue Min .volume: same as above
Do not use expired viral transport media; Call lab if unsure about sources or collection.
Specimen Processing Instructions
Write SOURCE of culture on tube.
Do not freeze
Refrigerated : 7 days
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)
Cell culture by ELVIS® method; identification and typing of herpes simplex virus
Enzyme-linked virus-inducible system (ELVIS®) Cultures positive by ELVIS® are confirmed by immunofluorescent staining.
* Denotes Reference Lab Test
Reviewed by Lisa McBride on February 19, 2018
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