Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Negative cultures will be reported in 4-5 days. Positive cultures will be reported when they become positive.

MiChart Code
Viral Culture, HSV and VZV
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Culture, Herpes simplex and Varicella zoster
Varicella zoster shell vial
Herpes simplex Culture
HSV Culture
Varicella zoster Culture
VZV Culture
Herpes simplex shell vial

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Detection of specific viral agent in shell vial culture and confirmation of the viral isolate using monoclonal antibodies when appropriate.

Test Usage

Rule out or identify Herpes simplex (patients <3 days old, eye, or respiratory specimens) and Varicella zoster virus.

Reference Range

Negative (no viral agents isolated from culture).

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

Specimen Requirements

Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume
1 swab

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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.