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Viral Culture, Respiratory

Laboratory : Virology

Test ID/Workstation :
Specimen Type:
Bronchial washings or aspirate, Bronchoalveolar lavage, sputum, tracheal aspirate or secretion, nasal washing, Nasopharyngeal or throat swab, tissue
Tube Type:
Sterile Specimen Container or swab in M4
Collection Volume:
1.0 mL Bronchial washings or aspirate, swabs in M4
Cause for Rejection:
Hemolysis, Lipemia, Icterus, Gel swab, E-swab with wooden handle Blood, serum, bile (toxic), deep seated tissues, lymph nodes, bone marrow/bone tissue, wound swabs, tissue swabs, pus, abscess and/or drainage material
Cell Culture
Special Instructions:
    Specimen stability 7 days refrigerated.
    1. Specimen must be transported at refrigerate temperature.
    2. Swab specimens should be sent in viral transport media.
    3. Specimens must be received and cultured in the laboratory 7 days post collection.
    4. Specimens for viral culture should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible for optimal recovery.
15 days
Additional Info:
    Viruses that can be detected in cell culture are: adenovirus, CMV, enterovirus, HSV, VZV, RSV, influenza virus, and parainfluenza virus.
    A positive result indicates that virus was present in the specimen submitted. Clinical correlation is necessary to determine the significance of this finding.
    Negative results may be seen in a number of situations including absence of viral disease, inability of the virus to grow in culture (examples of organisms not detected by culture Epstein-Barr virus, rubella virus, and papilloma virus), and nonviable organisms submitted. Parainfluenza virus type 4 also may not be detected by viral culture.