UCSF Navigation Bar

UCSF Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Home Page

Lab Manual for UCSF Clinical Laboratories

Lab Manual for SFGH

Internal Resources

Click here for more information about laboratory operations and procedures

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667

Search Our Test Menu

Viral Culture, other

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code P324
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily, day and evening shifts
Collection Instructions Click here for information on correct samples to collect for viral testing

Viral holding medium is available from Microbiology or from Specimen Receiving.

Blood and urine accepted 0800-1430, other specimens until 2330. Specimens are preferably collected during the day shift and transported immediately to Microbiology. Specimens collected emergently from 2330-0600 should be refrigerated at 4°C until processed. Do NOT freeze.
Container type
Sample type Blood, CSF, Eye, Stool
UCSF Rejection Criteria Sample collected on Calgi-swabs. Swabs not received in viral holding media. Unsuitable sample types.
Processing notes Viral holding medium at Front Desk is in Refrigerator #10.
Normal range
Synonyms CID
Additional information For CNS, cutaneous and other infections specify the virus suspected (e.g., enterovirus). See Table for agents commonly causing various syndromes or consult laboratory, 415-353-1268.

Positive results are reported as soon as virus is detected. Most cultures are held up to 14 days before being reported as negative, except for cultures for Herpes simplex virus only, which are held for 5 days.
LOINC code 6584-7
Last Updated 7/24/2013 10:08:40 AM
Entry Number 994
UCSF home page UCSF home page About UCSF Search UCSF UCSF Medical Center