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HSV 1/2 PCR

              

Test ID   LAB917
EPIC Order
  HSV 1 AND 2 BY PCR
CPT Code(s)   87529
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Molecular Microbiology, 984-974-1820
Tube Station   82
Specimen Routine:
CSF: 1mL sterile container;
Blood: 0.5-1mL serum, tube type gold top serum separator; orange top will not be accepted
Bronchoscopy: obtained respiratory specimens: sterile container;
Biopsy: sterile container
Lesion: red-capped swab, no wooden shafted swabs, calcium alginate or cotton swab placed in UTM;
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Availability Routine: Monday-Friday
Turnaround Time   1-3 days
Reference Range
Normal: Negative
Comment

HSV PCR on blood is only indicated for the detection of disseminated HSV in neonates and severely immunocompromised patients. It should not be used to determine exposure (order serology) or the causative agent of lesions (order HSV PCR on a lesion swab).


Lesions should be collected by unroofing a fresh lesion and swabbing the base of the lesion.  A UVT swab should be used and transported to the laboratory immediately. 

This assay detects and differentiates both HSV-1, and HSV-2 viral DNA.

For serological testing refer to:  Herpex Simplex Antibodies (HSV)

Reviewed by jcayless on November 27, 2019

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514