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Test Name

Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1 and 2 DNA, Qualitative, Real-Time PCR

CPT Code(s)

87529 (x2)

Methodology

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Reference Range(s)

HSV 1 DNA Not detected
HSV 2 DNA Not detected

Clinical Significance

DNA testing is analytically more sensitive than culture, especially in patients with encephalitis or meningitis. DNA testing may be useful in diagnosis of infection in neonates. Neonates who have been exposed to HSV can develop disseminated infection and encephalitis. Encephalitis is usually due to HSV I whereas meningitis is usually due to HSV II. DNA testing provides reliable means to define the type.

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Reference ranges are provided as general guidance only. To interpret test results use the reference range in the laboratory report.

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