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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 **See important Comments
Availability Routine: Monday-Friday
Turnaround Time   1-3 days
Reference Range
Normal: Negative
Comment

Potential inhibitors to PCR which should not be used:
--Cotton Swabs
--Calcium alginate swabs
--Wooden-shafted swabs

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. 

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

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

Reviewed by Christopher Parker on September 01, 2020

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