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HSV 1 & 2, VZV by PCR - CSF

Alternate test name

Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster Virus, Herpes virus, encephalitis.

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 4 days
Specimen type
  • CSF
Specimen requirements
  • CSF 300 uL per 1 test, for multiple tests please ensure adequate sample volume is submitted
  • send in sterile screw top tube
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Special requirements

If suspicion of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (CJD), please contact the Microbiology Lab at 416-813-6000 prior to sending specimen.

Disease condition

HSV-1 and HSV-2:

  • Neonatal herpes infection
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis                                       


  • Encephalitis
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