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2410: Viral Culture Print View
Preliminary Culture CULTURE     
Virus Culture Final CULTURE     

1 Viral Transport Media   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 7 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s) See COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS./// 
  Urine   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Tissue   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 2 Month(s)  
  Swab Viral Transport   Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Frozen - 7 Day(s)  
  Stool   Frozen - 7 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Semen   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  M4 Transport Media/Swab   Frozen - 7 Day(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)/Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s)  
  Fluid   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  CSF 2 (0.5) mL   Frozen - 7 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 72 Hour(s)/Refrigerated - 7 Day(s)  
  Bone Marrow   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Sterile Container/Tube   Frozen - 7 Day(s)/Room Temperature - 24 Hour(s)/Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  

Aids in the diagnosis of virus-related infections.

1. Specimens should be collected early in the acute phase of
infection. The chance of viral recovery is best during the first 3
days after onset and is greatly reduced beyond 5 days with many
2. Acceptable specimens: Tissue, biopsy, eye, lesion, and rectal.
Place specimens immediately in viral transport media.
3. For body fluids such as CSF and semen, collect in a
sterile, leak proof container. Bone marrow should be collected in a
5 mL lavender (EDTA) or heparin tube.
4. Stool: Place 1-2 grams of unpreserved stool in a sterile
container. Ship refrigerated or if held longer than 72 hours, freeze
at -70 C or on dry ice.
5. Unacceptable specimens: Whole blood, wooden swabs, dry swabs, and
calcium alginate.
6. Do not freeze specimen at -20 C. Virus loses infectivity.
7. Ship specimens on cold pack or on dry ice.
8. M4 transport media (M4) and dacron-tipped swabs with plastic or
fine-wire shafts available for use with M4 are provided. Please
call Client Services, 800-421-4449 to request media.
Setup Schedule

Reported (Analytical Time)
10-27 days

CPT Code

The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

1. It is important that specimen source is provided. There will be no rapid detection by shell vial set up if the source is not given. In this case, preliminary result will be issued after 5-7 days incubation. 2. For specific viruses, order the following assays:
A. Genital specimens such as cervix, penile, urethra, etc, order #2402 Herpes Simplex Virus Culture, or #2427 Herpes Simplex Virus Culture reflex to Typing, or #2400 Chlamydia trachomatis Culture. B. Respiratory specimens, order #2503 Viral Culture, Respiratory. C. Urine specimens or suspecting cytomegalovirus, order #2418 Cytomegalovirus Culture. 3. The following are the viruses routinely identified:
HSV Type 1/2 VZV CMV Influenza A Influenza B Parainfluenza type 1, 2, 3 RSV Adenovirus Enterovirus species (speciation not performed) Any viruses not listed above, call Technical Services for information and/or clarification.
Method: Preliminary = Shell Vial; Final Report = Tissue Culture.
CPT codes: Shell vial 87254; Tissue Culture 87252. If typing is required for an isolate identified as herpes simplex virus, please contact client services to request the addition of test code 2405.

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