LHSVZ - Specimen: Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV), Molecular Detection, PCR

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: LHSVZ    
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV), Molecular Detection, PCR

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

This test distinguishes Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)-1 from HSV-2 genotypes.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Varies

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

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.

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Supplies: Culturette (BBL Culture Swab) (T092)

Specimen Type: Swab

Sources: Genital, dermal, eye, or throat

Container/Tube: BBL CultureSwab (T092)

Specimen Volume: Swab

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

Additional Information: Source information should include the main anatomical source of collection.

 

Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Specimen Type: Fluid

Sources: Pleural, peritoneal, ascites, pericardial, amniotic, or ocular

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Do not centrifuge.

 

Specimen Type: Respiratory

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

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL

 

Supplies: M5 Media (T484)

Specimen Type: Tissue

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

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

Specimen Volume: Entire collection

Collection Instructions: Collect a fresh tissue specimen.

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf).

Specimen Minimum Volume The amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Laboratory.

Body Fluid or Ocular Fluid: 0.3 mL; Respiratory: 1 mL

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

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

Calcium alginate-tipped swab, wood swab, or transport swab containing gel

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

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 7 days