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Culture- Viral, Herpes Simplex


Name Method Department Units
Herpes Simplex Culture Cell culture shell vial and early antigen immunofluorescence staining
CMI, Virology

Specimen Requirements

Skin/lesion scraping, Miscellaneous specimen

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

M4 collection kit


Refrigerated - 2 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • Refrigerate immediately after collection

Reasons for Rejection

  • Not submitted in proper transport media
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame


Rapid Shell vial cell culture and early antigen immunofluorescence staining available in 2 days; backup culture held two weeks.

CPT Code

  • 87252
  • 87254
  • 87150 may apply as appropriate