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CSF Virology




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Test Usage

  • Diagnosis of Viral encephalitis / Meningitis
  • Please state which condition you suspect when sending request.
  • Please state if patient is immunocompromised as additional testing may be indicated
  • Tests undertaken routinely on these samples are:
  • HSV (Herpes simplex) 1 & 2
  • VZV (Varicella zoster)
  • Enterovirus
  • Parechovirus
  • All tests are molecular (PCR assays)


Local test

Processing Time

2 – 3 days

Urgent Specimen Instructions

All positives will be phoned to requesting clinician as soon as possible

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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