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HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS ISOLATION

Synonym(s):

HSV Culture, HSV Isolation

Lab Section Category

Description

Indications

Specimen Required

​Swabs or scrapings from vesicles on skin, mouth or genitalia

CSF (1 – 2 mL) in sterile bottle for neurological diseases

Conjunctival swab or scraping for eye infections

Brain biopsy for encephalitis

Send samples (except CSF) in Virus Transport Medium.
(See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Virus Isolation & Collection Methods for Virus Isolation by Sample Type)

Storage and Transport

​Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze.

Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.

Method

​Tissue culture

Test Results

​Reported as Positive or Negative

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​Positive report : 1 – 7 days
Negative report : 7 days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Monday – Saturday

Remarks

​Positive results are reported as:
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 isolated or
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 isolated

Change History Notes

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