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Herpes culture accuracy?

Herpes culture accuracy?

Herpes simplex: Culture of clinical materials for the presence of this organism are very accurate. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Herpes Culture (Definition)

A herpes culture is a test performed in a microbiology or virology lab, where they use a swab from a suspicious area and try to "grow out" the herpes virus. This kind of test is notoriously inacurate- and a negative viral culture should not be taken as proof that you don't have the herpes virus. It should be followed up with blood testing to confirm that you have not ...Read more


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How accurate are herpes culture results?

How accurate are herpes culture results?

Very, other tests.: I don't know what your history is but if you had/have a herpes infection, you likely would have noticed skin lesions that could be irritating at some point in time. Many times there can be no symptoms but if you have this there would be some kind of outbreak at some point in time. The tests include tzank prep. Of scrapings that show giant cells, cultures are pos. In 48-96 h, elisa+pcr are great. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: herpes culture?

What is the definition or description of: herpes culture?

A test for the virus: A herpes culture is a test performed in a microbiology or virology lab, where they use a swab from a suspicious area and try to "grow out" the herpes virus. This kind of test is notoriously inacurate- and a negative viral culture should not be taken as proof that you don't have the herpes virus. It should be followed up with blood testing to confirm that you have not been exposed to herpes. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a positive for a herpes culture be wrong?

Herpes culture: A positive culture means that the virus was present and actually grew and multiplied in the lab. The only way it would be wrong is if the made some kind of mistake with labeling your specimen and mixing it up with somebody else. That would be very very very rare for a culture. ...Read more

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Herpes culture result: equivocal result - what does it mean?

Herpes culture result:  equivocal result - what does it mean?

Probably borderline.: Culture results are usually positive in 48-96 hrs.. Elisa and PCR are just as sensitive or more than culture. Seroconversion can document primary infections. A tzanck prep. From lesion scrapings can help make a clinical diagnosis by showing multinucleated giant cells or inclusions by cytology. ...Read more

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If a herpes culture/test is negative, how accurate is that result?

If a herpes culture/test is negative, how accurate is that result?

Depends on timing: False negatives can occur, especially if the ulcer is cultured too late, after healing has already begun. False negatives are less likely to occur when the culture is taken from an intact vessicle (blister) that has been opened for the purpose of the culture, or from a very fresh ulcer. ...Read more

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False positive herpes culture; what is the chance of it?

Fairly Small: Not too likely as a culture is the actual organism itself that was cultured from the patient's lesion in question. Unless it is a mislabeled specimen in the lab as an example. ...Read more

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Can herpes culture test be false positive? If so, now often?

Can herpes culture test be false positive?  If so, now often?

Unlikely: A false positive result would be extremely unusual. It would require either laboratory contamination or a clerical or technician error in which the result was reported for the wrong patient. I trust herpes culture results. ...Read more

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Negative herpes culture and blood tests; pretty accurate?

Negative herpes culture and blood tests; pretty accurate?

Likely OK.: I don't know what your history is but if you had/have a herpes infection, you likely would have noticed skin lesions that could be irritating at some point in time. Many times there can be no symptoms but if you have this there would be some kind of outbreak at some point in time. The tests include tzank prep. Of scrapings that show giant cells, cultures are pos. In 48-96 h, elisa+pcr are great. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more