Specimen: 2 mL (1 mL min.) CSF / EDTA plasma in a sterile screw capped container OR Blister fluid/Swab from base of ulcer/ Scrapings from base of ulcer in 1 mL sterile normal saline or phosphate buffered saline (PBS) OR Fresh tissue in sterile normal saline OR Paraffin embedded tissue. Ship refrigerated or frozen.
Stability (Room): N/A
Stability (Refrigerated): 48 hrs
Stability (Frozen): 4 weeks
Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction, Amplification
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 10 – 15 days
Usage: DNA testing is analytically more sensitive specially in patients with Encephalitis, Meningitis and Neonatal infections. Encephalitis is usually due to HSV 1 virus whereas Meningitis is usually due to HSV 2 virus. DNA testing provides reliable means to define the type.
Specialty: Physician, Neurologist, Pediatrician
Home Collection: Available
Department: MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS
Pre-test Information: No special preparation required