Search Specimen Collection Manual
Tzanck Smear for Viral Inclusions (Herpes)
See Specimen Submission Instructions for test requisition, specimen labeling and specimen packaging requirements.
- Rupture vesicle and obtain the specimen by scraping the base and margins of the lesion.
- 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.
- Provide body site of lesion on the requisition.
- Transport at ambient temperature.