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2649: Herpes Simplex Virus Culture with Reflex to Typing Print View
Specimen Source:      
HSV Culture   Not Isolated   

PRIMARY
1 Bronchial lavage/wash 3 (1) mL   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
2 Swab - Endocervical   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
3 Lesion (vesicle) aspirate   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
4 Eye Swab-VCM   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
5 Nasal/Nasopharyngeal Swab   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
6 Rectal mucosa(w/o feces   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
7 Vaginal Swab   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
8 Throat swab   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
9 Urethral Swab   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
ALTERNATE
  Nasopharyngal lavage/was   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)/Frozen - 30 Day(s)  
  Tissue Biopsy-VCM   Frozen - 30 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
  Fresh (unfixed) tissue   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  

To maintain optimum viability, place swab into VCM (equal volumes
of fluid/tissue and VCM) or equivalent and transport the specimen
to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained
when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8 degrees C or kept on
wet ice following collection and while in transit. If there will
be a long delay before processing, specimens in VCM or equivalent
should be frozen at -70 degrees C or colder and transported on
dry ice. Storage or transport at -20 degrees C is not acceptable.
Raw (unpreserved) sample should only be refrigerated and not frozen.
Note: PCR is the preferred test for CSF (preferred specimen: 1 mL
CSF submitted in a sterile, leak-proof container without
transport media).
Setup Schedule
Monday-Saturday

Reported (Analytical Time)
5 days

CPT Code
87255

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Notes
Rejection Criteria: CSF: Sputum; Raw (unpreserved) stool; dry swabs; Molecular transport systems; Bacterial transport systems; tissue or biopsies in formalin or other fixatives; calcium alginate swabs; wooden shaft swabs; non gel-based bacterial transports. Methodology: Centrifuge Enhanced Culture, Histochemical Stain, Monoclonal Fluorescent Antibody Typing. If Herpes Simplex Virus Culture, Rapid Method is "Isolate", then RRQ-Type 2, Herpes Simplex Virus will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s) 87140). If Type 2 Herpes Simplex Virus is "Not Isolated" then RRP-Type 1 Herpes Simplex Virus will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s) 87140).






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