Geisinger Medical Laboratories Test Catalog

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


Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2453         Geisinger Epic ID: 37769

Specimen type:
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
Special notes:
See Virology Collection Appendix for collection instructions. Check expiration date on transport device before use. Use provided flocked swab (with UTM).

Transport temperature:
Refrigerate (2-8°C)
Specimen stability:
Stable for 7 days at refrigerated temperatures (2-8°C)
Rejection criteria:
Specimens stored or transported at incorrect temperature. Specimens not in viral transport medium. Improperly labeled/identified specimens. Specimens collected on wooden shafted swab. Expired transport medium. 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). Negative for varicella zoster virus by PCR (Amplified Probe)
Critical values/courtesy alerts:
Positive for herpes simplex virus types 1 or 2 by PCR (Amplified Probe) and/or positive for varicella zoster virus 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
CPT code(s):
87529 x2, 87798
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 and varicella zoster virus from approved specimen types
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Herpes, herpes simplex virus, HSV, PCR, HSVPCR, viral encephalitis, viral meningitis, varicella zoster, herpes zoster, VZV, VZ, shingles, VZVPCR, chickenpox, zoster
Clinical significance:
Herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 are causitive 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. Varicella zoster virus is the causative agent of chickpox and zoster (shingles).
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: Sunday-Friday, 1st shift, 10:00 cut-off
Performed STAT? No
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