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Viral Culture (New test)

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P324
Test group Viral culture
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily, day and evening shifts
Method Cell culture
Collection Instructions Indicate the virus(es) being sought when placing the order.

Herpes Order Herpes simplex Culture
CMV Order Cytomegalovirus culture

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Obtain viral holding medium from the Clinical laboratory at each hospital.
Container type
Tissue or swab Viral holding media
Stool Urine cup
Sample type Tissue, Throat swab, Eye swab, Stool

For other sample types please contact laboratory at 353-1268 and include information on sample
UCSF Rejection Criteria Sample collected on Calgi-swabs, swabs not received in viral holding media, unsuitable sample types.
Normal range No virus isolated
Critical value Positive culture form sterile sites
Synonyms CID
Stability Room temperature 6 hours, refrigerated 24 hours
Turn around times Up to 2 weeks
Additional information PCR is preferred for detection of viruses in blood, CSF, and sterile body fluids.
CPT coding 87252
LOINC code 6584-7
LDT or Mod FDA? No
Last Updated 9/15/2015 9:31:03 AM
Entry Number 985
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