Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Profile (Lesions), PCR

CPT: 87529(x2); 87798
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Test Details

Test Includes

Herpes simplex virus (HSV); varicella-zoster virus (VZV)


This test is intended to be used as an aid in identifying the specific etiologic agent of vesicular lesions; caused by either varicella zoster virus (VZV) or herpes simplex virus (HSV). It also differentiates HSV-1 from HSV-2.


Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

Specimen Requirements




One swab

Minimum Volume

One swab


Universal transport medium

Storage Instructions

Room temperature

Stability Requirements



Room temperature

7 days


7 days


7 days

Clinical Information

Special Instructions

HSV PCR is a single test that both detects the presence of HSV DNA and determines which type is present in the positive samples. There is no mechanism, therefore, for testing for HSV-1 without simultaneously testing for HSV-2.


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
139367 HSV and VZV PCR Panel 139163 VZV Real Time PCR 11483-5
139367 HSV and VZV PCR Panel 139332 HSV-1 DNA 16130-7
139367 HSV and VZV PCR Panel 139333 HSV-2 DNA 16131-5

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