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Culture- Viral, General

Components

Name Method Department Units
Virus Culture Multiple methods
CMI, Virology

Specimen Requirements

Body fluid

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Sterile container

N/A
Stability

Refrigerated - 24 hour(s)
Room temperature - 2 hour(s)

Alternate

M4 collection kit

N/A
Stability

Refrigerated - 2 day(s)
Room temperature - 2 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Swab

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

M4 collection kit

N/A
Stability

Refrigerated - 2 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Swabs transported without the use of M4 transport medium
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

Viral culture is not recommended for CSF specimens. If viral culture for CSF is needed, please consult with the Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratory Director, Dr. Amy Leber. Suspected HSV, VZV, and EV in CSF should include an order for detection by PCR.

CPT Code

  • 87252
  • 87253
  • 87254
  • 87150
  • additional cpt codes may apply as appropriate