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Tzanck Smear for Viral Inclusions (Herpes)

See Specimen Submission Instructions for test requisition, specimen labeling and specimen packaging requirements.

Specimen Instructions

  1. Rupture vesicle and obtain the specimen by scraping the base and margins of the lesion.
  2. Spread specimen on glass slides and immediately spray fix or allow to air dry. Label each slide “Fixed” for a fixed slide or “AD” for an air-dried slide. Note: slide must also be labeled with 2 unique patient identifiers.
  3. Provide body site of lesion on the requisition.
  4. Transport at ambient temperature.
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