Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Test Name: Sunquest Test Code Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

HERPES SIMPLEX VIRAL CULTURE WITH TYPING

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Sunquest Test Code:
HSVCWT      Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: HSVCWT         Geisinger Epic ID: 44086

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Nasopharyngeal washing or aspitates, BAL, bronchial washing or aspirate, blood, body fluids, pericardial fluid, tissue, eye and gastrointestinal
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
Specimen in universal transport medium (UTM) or any other manufacturer's viral transport medium
Special notes:
Check expiration date on all transport devices before use. See Virology Collection Appendix.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
To maintain optimum viability, place swab into VCM (equal volumes of fluid/tissue and VCM) or equivalent and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when the specimens are refrigerated at 2-8°C or kept on wet ice following collection and while in transit. If there will be a long delay before processing, specimens in VCM or equivalent should be frozen at -70°C or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage or transport at -20°C is not acceptable. Refrigerated. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated (preferred) or frozen at -80°C.
Specimen stability:
Refrigerated: 4 days. Frozen: Specimens frozen at -20°C are not acceptable. Specimens frozen at -80°C are stable for 30 days.
Rejection criteria:
CSF; Sputum; Raw (unpreserved) stool. Specimens frozen at -20°C are not acceptable.

TEST DETAILS
CPT code(s):
87255
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:
If Herpes Simplex Virus Culture, Rapid Method is "Isolated", the Type 1, Herpes simplex virus and Type 2 Herpes simplex virus will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code: 87140 (x2)).
Methodology:
Centrifuge-enhanced Culture
Histochemical Stain
Synonyms:
Quest test code 2725

Performing Locations

Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Daily, p.m.    
Performed stat? No
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