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

1 - 2 days

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
HSV DNA by PCR, Quantitative, Plasma (Viracor)
  • HSV 1 / HSV 2 DNA qPCR, Blood
  • Herpes simplex DNA by PCR, Quantitative, Blood
  • Herpes simplex DNA by PCR, Quantitative
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 8501
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Spin, aliquot and send plasma at room temp to Specimen Processing. If specimen will be received at Viracor >96 hours, freeze specimen for shipment

Normal Volume
2 mL plasma
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL plasma
Storage Temperature
Ambient preferred, refrigerated acceptable, frozen if specimen will not be received by Viracor in less than 96 hours.
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

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