Ordering Recommendation

Preferred test for detecting herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in CSF, neonates, or when rapid diagnostic test for suspected HSV infection is necessary.

Mnemonic
HSVPCR
Methodology

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

2-5 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or serum separator tube. OR Amniotic fluid, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), CSF, ocular fluid, tissue, vesicle fluid. OR Endocervical specimen in ThinPrep® Pap Test media.

Specimen Preparation

Separate plasma or serum from cells. Transfer 1 mL serum, plasma, amniotic fluid, BAL, CSF, ocular fluid, or ThinPrep specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) 
Tissue:
Transfer to a sterile container and freeze immediately. 
Vesicle Fluid:
Transfer to 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

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions

Heparinized specimens.

Remarks

Specimen source required.

Stability

Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 3 months
All Others: Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 3 months

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data



Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87529

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0050102 Herpes Simplex Virus Source 31208-2
0060041 Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR 5014-6
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Aliases
  • Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1/2 DNA, Real-Time PCR,
  • HSV
  • HSV Types 1 and 2
Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR