HERPES SIMPLEX CULTURE (HVC)
: HVC, HSV
: Herpes simplex culture
: Tissue culture
: No virus isolated
: Liquids in sterile leakproof container with NO ADDITIVE; tissue or swab in universal (viral) transport media,3ml
: Vesicular material in universal (viral) transport medium (UTM), tissue, swab, wash in universal transport medium (UTM), liquids. NOT PERFORMED ON CSF without prior pathologist approval (PCR is most sensitive assay for detection of HSV in CSF).
: Blood requires consult with the lab.
: 1 - 2 mL urine
: Store refrigerated (2-8° C), do not freeze, transport on wet ice
: Labile specimen. Keep refrigerated.
Reasons for Rejection
: Collected more than 1 day prior to receipt in lab, calcium alginate or wooden-shaft swab, dry swab
: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
: 1 - 10 days
: Send to Virology immediately on wet ice. Collect fluid from vesicles with a tuberculin syringe. Rinse fluid into viral transport medium. Vigorously swab the base of the lesions add to viral transport medium. No wooden shaft or calcium alginate tip swabs. Additional tests/charges may be added as appropriate.
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