What is the preferred method for diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Updated: Feb 27, 2019
  • Author: J Michael Klatte, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the preferred diagnostic method for herpes simplex virus infections, particularly CNS infection [8, 9, 10] and disseminated disease.

A definitive diagnosis of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection can also be confirmed by isolating the virus in tissue cultures.

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