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Test Code HSVZV HSV 1/2 and VZV PCR, LAB6320

Important Note

Testing will report results for Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 and Varicella Zoster Virus.

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Acceptable Specimens: Cutaneous, vesicular and mucocutaneous lesions.

Note: Spinal Fluid should not be tested by this method.  Order Meningitis Panel.


1.  Obtain M4RT transport media from the laboratory

2.  Using the swab that comes with the collection kit, collect epithelial cells from infected site and place swab in transport media.

3.  Label specimen and forward promptly.

4.  Send specimen refrigerated.

Specimen source should be on the label and in the computer.


Reference Ranges

Negative for Herpes Simplex 1 and 2

Negative for Varicella Zoster Virus

Day (s) Test Set Up

Monday thru Sunday


Isothermal Helicase-Dependent Amplification (HDA).

Test Classification and CPT Coding

87529 x 2 - Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2

87798 - Varicella Zoster Virus