Viral Culture, Respiratory


Sunquest Code:VCULTR  
Epic Code:LAB7010Epic Name:Viral Culture Respiratory
Synonyms:VCULT; Adenovirus; CMV; Cytomegalovirus; Enterovirus
Methodology:Cell culture
CPT Code:87252, 87253
Test Includes:Identification is billed separately from culture. Viruses that can be isolated by culture include: adenovirus, cytomegalovirus, enterovirus, herpes simplex virus; influenza A and B, parainfluenza types 1, 2, 3, RSV; and varicella-zoster virus.
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 3-14 days.
Special Instructions:Indicate specimen source on container.
Associated Links:

Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection, Nasal Wash Procedure



Collection Instructions

Specimen:Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasopharyngeal aspirate, swab, or washing, or tracheal aspirate, sputum, throat, tissue
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Viral Transport Media)
Collection Instructions:

 

·          Fluids: Transfer 3 mL; 0.5 mL minimum, specimen to a sterile container. Also acceptable: Transfer to 3 mL viral transport media. Indicate specimen source on container.

 

·          Nasopharyngeal swab or tissue: Place 3 mL in viral transport media. Indicate specimen source on container.

 

Causes for Rejection:Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry or wood swabs.


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:2006499


Interpretive

Reference Range:Negative
Use:Detects common respiratory viruses as well as HSV and VZV.


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