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Herpes Simplex Virus Culture
0065005
Ordering Recommendation

Traditional gold standard test for identifying acute herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in active lesions (eg, vesicles, ulcers, inflamed mucous membranes). Molecular testing is generally preferred (0060041).

Mnemonic
V HSVC
Methodology
Cell Culture/Immunoassay
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-7 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Buccal mucosa, eye, genital, rectal, throat or vesicle swab, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), tissue, or vesicle fluid.  
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transfer 3 mL specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer to 3 mL viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swab or Tissue:
Place in 3 mL viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.   
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Blood, CSF, plasma, or serum. Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs.  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.  
Stability
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for herpes simplex virus.
Interpretive Data


Note
CPT Code(s)
87252; 87253
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0065005Culture, Herpes Simplex Virus16291-7
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Aliases
  • Culture, HSV
  • Herpes Culture
  • Herpes Simplex Viral Culture
  • HSV Culture