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  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) 1 & 2 Quantitative Real-Time PCR, CSF

    Test Name:Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) 1 & 2 Quantitative Real-Time PCR, CSF
    Epic Order Code:LAB1343          
    CPT Code:87530
    Specimen(s) Type:CSF, 2.0 mL  
    Acceptable Container(s):Sterile screw top tube.
    Testing Schedule:Monday - Saturday
    Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
     Routine: 2-4 days  
    Collection Information:No special patient preparation required. Obtain by standard collection procedures.
    Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately.  All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
    Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to lab within 1 hour, store and transport the specimen at -20° C up to 48 hours.
    Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficent volume, incorrect/delay in transport.
    Reference Range:Not detected
    Additional Information:Quantitative HSV DNA PCR os the ideal diagnostic tool for CNS specimens, since HSV will rarely grow from CSF in cell culture. Quantitative PCR can be used to detect the presence of the virus as well as track the course of infections and response to treatment.