Herpes simplex (HSV) PCR CSF




  • Used for patients where a diagnosis of Herpes meningitis or encephalitis is considered
  • The test is usually performed on a lymphocytic CSF
  • This test is part of the Meningo-encephalitis viral PCR screen set

Sample requirements

This will be performed on CSF samples sent for microscopy and culture

See Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)

A minimum CSF volume of 200 µl is required for reliable testing.

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset


Transport to the laboratory immediately.Hold at room temperature if transport is delayed.

See CSF transport flowchart

Turnaround time

Sent to a Regional Reference Centre

Up to 7 days

Page last reviewed: 13/12/2017