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Herpes Simplex Virus Culture with Reflex to HSV Typing
0065065
Ordering Recommendation

Detect herpes simplex virus (HSV) by viral culture and differentiate types 1 and 2. Molecular testing is generally preferred (0060041).

Mnemonic
V HSVCT
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, or bronchoalveolar lavage, 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
If culture is positive for HSV, then HSV typing test will be added. Additional charges apply.

Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR (ARUP test code 0060041) on CSF specimens is standard of care for diagnosing HSV meningitis/meningoencephalitis.
CPT Code(s)
87252; 87253; if reflexed, add 87140 x2
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0065065Culture, HSV with Reflex to Typing5859-4
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Aliases
  • Herpes Culture
  • Herpes Simplex Viral Culture
  • HSV type 1
  • HSV type 2
  • HSV-1 or HSV-2
  • HSV1 and HSV2