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Herpes Simplex Virus CSF by PCR, Qualitative


Name Method Department Units
HSV CSF by PCR Qualitative Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
CMI, Molecular Infectious Disease

Specimen Requirements


Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

CSF tube

N/A 1 mL

Room temperature - 1 hour(s)
Refrigerated - 4 day(s)
Frozen - Indefinite week(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to the lab immediately after collection
  • If delay in transport greater than 1 hour, refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Fluid specimens received in M4 transport media
  • Diluted specimen
  • Thawed and refrozen specimen


Specimens received after 0900 will be done on the next day of testing.

CPT Code

  • 87529