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Time Sensitive
Ordering Recommendation

Detect herpes simplex virus (HSV) by viral culture and differentiate types 1 and 2. Molecular testing is generally preferred; refer to Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1/HSV-2) Subtype by PCR (2010095).

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.
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



Compliance Category

Standard

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.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87252; 87253; if reflexed, add 87140 x2

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0065065 Culture, HSV with Reflex to Typing 5859-4
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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
Herpes Simplex Virus Culture with Reflex to HSV Typing