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 (refer to Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR (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.
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



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87252; 87253

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0065005 Culture, Herpes Simplex Virus 16291-7
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Aliases
  • Culture, HSV
  • Herpes Culture
  • Herpes Simplex Viral Culture
  • HSV Culture
Herpes Simplex Virus Culture