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Test ID: LHSV    
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf)

Neurology Test Request Form-General (T732) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/neurology-request-form.pdf)

General Test Request Form (T239) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/general-request-form.pdf)


Specimen source is required.


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Spinal, body, amniotic, ocular

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.


Specimen Type: Genital

Sources: Cervix, vagina, urethra, anal/rectal, other genital sources

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into swab cylinder or into multi-microbe media (M5 media) (T484) or M4 media.


Specimen Type: Respiratory

Sources: Bronchial washing, bronchoalveolar lavage, nasopharyngeal aspirate or washing, sputum, tracheal aspirate

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL


Specimen Type: Miscellaneous

Sources: Dermal, eye, nasal, throat

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into swab cylinder or into multi-microbe media (M5 media) (T484) or M4 media.


Specimen Type: Tissue

Sources: Brain, colon, kidney, liver, lung, etc.

Container/Tube: Sterile container containing 1 to 2 mL of sterile saline or multi-microbe medium (M5) (T484)

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Submit only fresh tissue.


Specimen Type: Urine (<1 month old infant)

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL 

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Body/Ocular Fluid or Spinal Fluid: 0.3 mL/Respiratory Specimen: 1 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected








Calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, or transport swab containing gel; formalin-fixed and/or paraffin-embedded tissues

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 7 days