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Virus Culture Panel

Infectious Disease Laboratories : Virology

Test ID/Workstation :
Specimen Type:
Urine, Respiratory, CSF, Stool, Eye, Wound, Tissue
Tube Type:
Sterile container or specimen in M4 viral transport medium
Collection Volume:
2.0 urine or CSF in sterile container. Resp. specimens 2.0 mL in M4. All other specimen types, place in M4 viral transport medium
Cause for Rejection:
Dry swab, specimen fixed in preservative
Mon-Fri (0800-1700)
Virus culture with subsequent IFA stain
Special Instructions:
Keep cold on ice or refrigerated. Deliver to lab ASAP. Use STERILE urine container or CSF tube. NO PRESERVATIVE. If a Virus Culture Panel is ordered on a specimen that is unacceptable for one of the tests, that test will be credited. Only viruses commonly recognized as pathogenic for a given site will be reported.
24 to 72 hours
Additional Info:
Specimens will be processed daily M-F if received in the Virology laboratory by 2:30 p.m. and on weekends if received by 11:30 a.m. Reference Range: No virus isolated.
CPT Code:
87254 (x3), 87252
Panel Includes:
CMV Isolation, HSV Isolation and Typing, and Respiratory Virus Isolation. (These tests can also be ordered individually)
CMV Rapid Isolation HSV Isolation/Typing Respiratory Virus Isolation