Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
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.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
8 - 12 hours
- HSV 1 / HSV 2 DNA qPCR
- Herpes simplex viruses 1 & 2 Quantitative PCR
- HSV 1 & 2 DNA by PCR
Place fresh tissue in a sterile cup and freeze. If saline or other media is put on tissue, qualitative testing can be performed. Or as an SO, Vircor test # 8506
Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.