Days Set Up
Analytic Time

14 days

MiChart Code
HSV Culture from Neonates
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Culture, Herpes simplex only
Herpes simplex shell vial
HSV Culture
Viral Culture, Herpes simplex only
Herpes simplex Culture from Neonates

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Virus Culture by Shell-Vial

Test Usage

Aid in the diagnosis of congenital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection through the recovery of HSV using viral culture (shell-vial) for patients younger than 35 days in age.

Reference Range

No virus isolated.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements


Collect eye, rectal, dermal or nasopharyngeal, using dacron or rayon swab with an aluminum or plastic shaft; do not use swab with calcium alginate tip or wooden shaft. Place swab in in M5 transport and refrigerate. This test should not be performed on patients older than 4 weeks of age. It is intended for the recovery of herpes simplex virus (HSV) in suspected cases of congenital herpes.

Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume
1 swab

Billing Information

CPT Code
87254 x2
Pro Fee Code

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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.