Test Overview
Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

HSV-1 and HSV-2 are well known etiologic agents of gingivostomatitis, conjunctivitis, keratitis, herpetic whitlow, and genital infections as well as encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, atypical pneumonias and a wide variety of other clinical conditions. Quantitative HSV DNA PCR is the ideal diagnostic tool for CNS specimens, since HSV will rarely grow from CSF in cell culture. Quantitative PCR can be used to detect the presence of the virus as well as track the course of infections and response to treatment.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Monday - Saturday
Analytic Time

8 - 12 hours

Soft Order Code
VHSVP
MiChart Code
HSV DNA by PCR, Quantitative, Blood (Viracor)
Synonyms
  • HSV 1 / HSV 2 DNA qPCR, Blood
  • VBHSV
  • Herpes simplex DNA by PCR, Quantitative, Blood
  • Herpes simplex DNA by PCR, Quantitative
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 8500
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL).

Lavender Top Tube
Normal Volume
5 mL EDTA whole blood
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87530
Fee Code
36125
NY State Approved
No