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Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) by PCR

Mnemonic:    [CSF HSV PCR]
Name:    Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) by PCR
Specimen:    1 mL CSF submitted in a sterile container. Indicate the source of sample on the container and on the request form.

Specimens in non-sterile or leaking containers are not acceptable.
Minimum Spec:    0.5 mL
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Spec Stability:    Stable 7 days refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    NorDx HSVQL
  Method:    Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Note:    This is the recommended procedure for Herpes testing on CSF.
Processing Info:    
--NorDx test code: HSVQL

--CSF PCR testing is performed Monday - Saturday if the sample is in the testing department by noon. Have it there by 10:00 AM to insure the sample makes the daily run. (Do NOT call a courier in the evening or Sunday to DELIVER a CSF for PCR.)

-- Allow 48 hours for test completion.

--See NorDx test catalogue (search using HSVQL) for additional information

--In addition to all of the usual patient demographic information, write our phone # 795-2330 and fax # 795-2345 (chemistry fax) on the NorDx requisition, the source of the sample, and "run STAT please"

NorDx couriers will be here at approximately 5 PM (if called earlier) but NorDx couriers will not come for an individual pickup. The sample does not need to be driven STAT. It does need to be at NorDx by 10:00 AM, so can be driven to NorDx in the morning. If our CMMC couriers are not able to get the sample to NorDx by 10:00 AM, they will have you call General Courier.

As a courtesy to our couriers:
If there is a sample to go to NorDx in the morning, page the courier (851-8618) before 9 PM or after 5 AM. Let them know the sample must be at NorDx before 10 AM.

Techs: NorDx will not phone negative PCRs even if we order them STAT. The test should be completed by 8PM if it was received at NorDx for the Mon-Sat daily runs. If the test is still on the WCP after 8PM, call NorDx (396-7830) and have them fax a copy of the report. When you receive the report, enter the result in PathNet using the prebuilt phrases posted in chemistry.