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2692: Herpes Simplex Virus Culture Print View
Specimen Source:      
HSV Culture   Not Isolated   

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






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