Days Set Up
Daily, specimen is set up within an hour of time received in lab.
Analytic Time

3 hours

MiChart Code
Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus DNA, PCR
Soft Order Code

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Detection of herpes simplex virus from neonatal surface swab specimens. If either the culture or PCR result are positive, please consult Pediatric Infectious Diseases for guidance on management.

Reference Range

Negative for HSV1 DNA and HSV2 DNA

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

Specimen Requirements


Swab the conjunctivae, mouth , nasopharynx and anus (in that order). Place swab into M4-RT transport medium (preferred). M4, M5, M6, UVT, and UTM media are also acceptable. Eswab transport is not acceptable. Refrigerate.

Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume
1 swab

Billing Information

CPT Code
87529 x2
Pro Fee Code

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Quality that sets us apart

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.