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Herpes simplex viral culture
Lab code: HSVC
Test Synonyms:
Herpes simplex virus culture; HSV culture
Inpatient Req:
Microbiology (#11854)  
Outpatient Req:
Clinical Labs (#83608)  
HSV culture can be performed on vesicle aspirates, tissues, wound, ocular, oral, and genital swabs/scrapings in VTM (viral transport medium); mouthwash in jar with sterile PBS; body fluids in sterile container. Send specimens ON ICE immediately after collection between 8:30AM and 4:00PM Monday-Friday. Specimens received after hours evaluated for processing the following working day.
Result Time:
1-7 days   Cost: $$
Reference Interval:
Additional Resources:
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