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

CPT: 87529(x2); 87798
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Test Includes

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

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.

Expected Turnaround Time

4 - 5 days

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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

Test Details


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)


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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