HERPES SMEAR CYTOLOGY

Mnemonic

MISC

Synonym

Tzanck Smear

Guidelines

Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR or culture methods provide more sensitivity and specificity for routine diagnostic purposes.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Smear of cell scrapings from suspected lesion

Handling

Place specimen onto a clean glass slide with a frosted end that has been labeled with the patient name, date of birth and specimen site. Specimen can be collected with a Dacron swab or with a cervical spatula-type device. Fix immediately by immersing the slide in 95% ethanol (Pap bottle).

Testing Information

Performed

Mon - Fri

Reported

2-3 days

Method

Pap Stain/Microscopy

Reference Values

Reference Values

Professional interpretation provided by Cascade Pathology Services.

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:15 AM