Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  


Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2452         Geisinger Epic ID: 36101

Specimen type:
1) Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). 2) Swab specimens (in UTM) include (but are not limited to): skin, lip, oral, tongue, throat, nasopharyngeal (NP), genital, eye/conjunctiva, or anal/rectal/perineum
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
Other manufacturer's viral transport medium
Specimen required:
0.50 mL CSF specimen in sterile collection tube. Do not add UTM to CSF specimens.
Special notes:
See Microbiology Collection Appendix for collection instructions. Check expiration date on transport device before use. Sterile screw-cap tube is acceptable for CSF only. For swab specimens, use provided flocked swab (with UTM).

Transport temperature:
Refrigerated (2-8°C)
Specimen stability:
Stable for 7 days at refrigerated temperatures (2-8°C)
Rejection criteria:
Specimens stored or transported at incorrect temperature. Swab specimens not in viral transport medium. Improperly labeled/identified specimens. Specimen collected with wooden shafted swab. Expired transport media. Quantity of specimen insufficient. Specimens which exceed stability limits. Improper specimen type. Frozen specimens.

Reference interval:
Negative for herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 by PCR (Amplified Probe)
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Positive for herpes simplex virus types 1 or 2 by PCR (Amplified Probe)
Additional information:
Geisinger standard of care: All dermatological swab specimens submitted in UTM from Geisinger sites will have PCR testing performed for both HSV types 1 and 2 and VZV. Order test code PCRHVZ. CSF testing will be performed within 24 hours of receipt at GMC testing lab.
CPT code(s):
87529 x2
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Detects viral DNA of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 from approved specimen types
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Herpes, herpes simplex virus, HSV, PCR, HSVPCR. viral encephalitis, viral meningitis
Clinical significance:
Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 are causative agents for genital, oral, and skin herpetic lesions. Herpes simplex viruses also cause central nervous system infections (encephalitis). In addition, disseminated disease is seen in newborns and immumocompromised patients.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Donna Wolk PhD, D(ABMM), Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)    
Review Date: 12/31/2022

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Microbiology
Technical Lead: Barbara Heiter
Frequency: CSF: 1st shift daily. UTM specimens: Sunday-Friday, 1st shift, 10:00 cut-off
Performed STAT? No
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