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Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and/or 2 Antibodies, IgM

Components

Name Method Department Units
Herpes Simplex Ab, IgM Semi-Quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Send Out IV

Specimen Requirements

Serum Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 0.5 mL
Alternate

Red Tube (no anticoagulant) with Gel

3 mL 0.5 mL
Alternate

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 0.5 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 2 day(s)
Refrigerated - 2 week(s)
Frozen - 12 month(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Centrifuge within 2 hours, separate supernatant and refrigerate
  • Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Contamination
  • Heat treated specimen
  • Icteric specimen
  • Lipemic specimen
  • Hemolyzed specimen

Comments

Parallel testing is preferred and convalescent specimens must be received within 30 days from receipt of the acute specimens. Mark specimens plainly as "acute" or "convalescent."

CPT Code

  • 86694