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Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV1/HSV2)
Specimen Type: Direct sampling of a clinically visible vesiculobullous lesion
Specimen Collection: Incyte Swab (preferred collection device), SurePath or Thin Prep vial, UniSwabTM acceptable.
Collection Procedure: Aseptically remove sterile swab from package. Collect specimen by vigorously swabbing the clinically visible vesiculobullous lesion. Aseptically remove cap from vial. Place swab in transport medium and break off swab against rim of the tube. Replace cap. Label the vial with patient's name.
Collection Procedure: Click here to see collection instructions.
Required Info: Complete the Incyte requisition with the patient's name. Label specimen container with the patient's full first and last name, as well as source/site.
Specimen Stability: Specimen is stable at room temperature for up to 21 days
Unacceptable Specimen: Unlabeled specimens. Specimens in incorrect fixative (such as formalin). Excess lubricant can invalidate the specimen.
Department: Molecular Pathology
Method: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Turn Around: 1 - 2 days from submission
Performed: Monday - Friday
Test Includes: Processing and interpretive report
Retention: Specimen is retained for 3 weeks
CPT Code: 87529 x2

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