Viral Culture, Respiratory

Abbrev Code:VCULTR   
Order Code:LAB7010Order Name:Viral Culture Respiratory
Synonyms:VCULT; Adenovirus; CMV; Cytomegalovirus; Enterovirus
Methodology:Cell culture
CPT Codes: 87252 x1, 87253 x1
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.
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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
Alternate Containers: Viral Transport Media
Collection Instructions:
  • Fluids: Transfer 3 mL; 0.5 mL minimum, specimen into a sterile container. Also acceptable: Transfer to 3 mL viral transport media. Indicate specimen source on container.
  • Nasopharyngeal swab or tissue: Place tissue or swab in 3 mL of viral transport media. Indicate specimen source on container.
  • Swabs only: If sending via PTS, the specimen must be placed in a lab specimen bag with an absorbent pad and then placed into another lab specimen bag.
Causes for Rejection:Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry or wood swabs; frozen specimens.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:2 hours at room temperature; 72 hours refrigerated.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:2006499


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

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