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HSV 1 & 2, VZV by PCR - Autopsy/Biopsy

Alternate test name

Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster Virus

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
4 days
Specimen type
  • tissue biopsy
Specimen requirements
  • sterile screw top container


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 there is a suspicion of Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (CJD), please contact the Microbiology Laboratory at 416-813-6000 prior to sending specimen

Disease condition

HSV-1 and HSV-2:

  • Neonatal herpes simplex infection
  • disseminated infection
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis                                       


  • Disseminated infection
  • Encephalitis
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