Laboratory Test Detail

Last Updated: June 18, 2024 @ 9:13 am


Herpes Simplex Virus, DNA

  • Swab in One Viral Transport Media
  • One Swab in Viral Transport Media. Submit Refrigerated.
Special Handling:
  • State Source of Lesion
    Possible sources: Lesion from cutaneous and mucocutaneous (cervical, genital, penis, oral, throat, buccal mucosa, urethral, nasal, ocular, anorectal)
    Immediately place specimen in viral transport media (VTM).
Rejection Criteria:
  • Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, cotton or wood swabs
    Protect specimens against exposure to excessive heat
    CSF collections (to be tested by PCR)
Stability:Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 7 Day(s); Frozen: Unacceptable; Incubated: Unacceptable
  • Amplified DNA by Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)
Reported:1-3 Day(s)
CPT Codes:
  • 87529x2
Interpretive Data:Please see report for interpretive data.

This assay was performed by illumigene, which detects the target regions of the HSV 1 and 2 genomes by DNA amplification.
Performance has been established with male and female cutaneous and mucocutaneous lesion specimens only.
It is a qualitative assay and does not distinguish between viable and nonviable organisms.

Negative results do not preclude infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or other patient management decisions.
Results of some tests may be reported as “invalid” due to substances in the specimen that are inhibitory to PCR amplification, such as Zincum Gluconicum (7%) and Casein (>5 mg/mL).
  • 2771 - HSV TYPE 1
  • 2772 - HSV TYPE 2
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