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Culture, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)

Mnemonic:    [C HSV]
Name:    Culture, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
Specimen:     Acceptable sources:
-throat or buccal mucosal lesion swab
-cervical, genital lesion or rectal swab
-vesicle swab or fluid
-bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

Immediately place vesicle fluid, swab, or tissue in viral transport media.

Unacceptable samples:
-dry swabs, wood swabs
-calcium alginate swabs
-serum or plasma or whole blood
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 0065005
  Method:    Cell Culture And Immunoperoxidase Staining
Note:    Source of specimen is required.

This test is not recommended for CSF, blood or bone marrow. The recommended order is for a Herpes Simples Virus by PCR (Bone marrow will be run by PCR with a disclaimer).

Reporting time varies. HSV culture does not routinely include serotyping of positives. If serotyping of a positive culture is required, please indicate this on the order requisition.
Processing Info:    If serotyping is requested on the order requisition, request ARUP test number 0065065 Herpes Simplex Virus Culture with Reflex to HSV Typing on the ARUP manual requisition.