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Test Code HSVNEO Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Culture From Neonates

Additional Codes







Useful For

An aid in the diagnosis of congenital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in patients younger than 35 days old through the recovery of HSV using viral culture (shell-vial)

Reporting Name

HSV Culture from Neonates

Specimen Type


Advisory Information

This test should only be performed on patients younger than 35 days old. It is intended for the recovery of herpes simplex virus in suspected cases of congenital herpes.


If enterovirus or hand, foot, and mouth disease is suspected order test VIRNR / Viral Culture, Non-Respiratory. Indicate "Looking for Enterovirus" in order comments.


Spinal fluid (CSF) specimens: order HSVC / Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Molecular Detection, PCR, Spinal Fluid.

Shipping Instructions

Specimen must be transported at refrigerate temperature.

Necessary Information

Specimen source is required.

Specimen Required

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Swab

Supplies: M4-RT (T605)

Sources: Ocular, Rectal, Skin, Dermal, Mouth, Nasopharynx, Conjunctiva, Eye, Anus

Container/Tube: Multimicrobe media (M4-RT) (T605) or other viral transport media (M4 or M5)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions: Place swab back into multimicrobe media (M4-RT, M4, or M5)

Additional Information: Swab with a wood handle has been shown to be toxic to some viruses and is not acceptable for culture.


Specimen Type: Urine

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 1 mL


Specimen Type: Stool

Container/Tube: Sterile container

Specimen Volume: 5 to10 g

Specimen Minimum Volume

Stool: 5 g
Urine: 0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Varies Refrigerated 7 days

Reject Due To








Frozen, swab with wood handle, gel swabs, blood, bone marrow/bone, tissue, lymph node specimen

Reference Values

No virus isolated

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Sunday; Varies

Analytic Time

2 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

CPT Code Information

87254 x 2

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
VHSV HSV Culture from Neonates 43697-2


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
VHSV HSV Culture from Neonates 43697-2

Method Name

Virus Culture by Shell-Vial

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
VID2 Additional Testing Virus Ident No, (Bill Only) No

Test Classification

This test uses a standard method. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.