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Test Code HSVTYP HSV subtype by PCR

Clinical System Name

HSV Subtype By PCR



Sample Requirements

Specimen: Cerebral Spinal Fluid or biopsies and swabs or Whole blood

Container(s): CSF Tube orLavender/EDTA or Red or Gold SST

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL CSF or 2.0 mL whole blood

Minimum Vol: 0.5 mL CSF or 1.0 mL whole blood



Processing Instructions

Reject due to:

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: -20 C

Storage location: Spin blood, transfer 1 mL serum/plasma to a plastic aliquot tube affixed with a large computer label.

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the Virology Section of the Sendouts Refrigerated Rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to UW NW220. Place a copy of the Transfer List (indicate time sent) in the Virology Transport Binder. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).


Off-site collection: Spin & aliquot serum. Freeze specimen at -20 C, transport frozen.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N Collected daily; performed T & F  1 - 7 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept of Laboratory Medicine

UW Molecular Virology Lab

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195


Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

Reference Range

None specified


Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes

87529 x2













Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: HSV 1,2 Subtyping by PCR
Reference Test Number:



Ship time not to exceed 48 hrs. Send out M - F with the UW courier. Weekends and Holidays courier on dry ice to UW NW220.