Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

Negative cultures will be reported in 4-5 days. Positive cultures will be reported when they become positive.

MiChart Code
Viral Culture, HSV and VZV
Soft Order Code
VCULT

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Synonyms

Culture, Herpes simplex and Varicella zoster
Varicella zoster shell vial
Herpes simplex Culture
HSV Culture
Varicella zoster Culture
VZV Culture
Herpes simplex shell vial
VIRAL CULTURE EXCLUDING CMV

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Detection of specific viral agent in shell vial culture and confirmation of the viral isolate using monoclonal antibodies when appropriate.

Test Usage

Rule out or identify Herpes simplex (patients <3 days old, eye, or respiratory specimens) and Varicella zoster virus.

Reference Range

Negative (no viral agents isolated from culture).

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection

VZV culture will be performed. HSV culture is performed only for patients less than 3 days old, or for eye and respiratory specimens. For patients >=3 days old, anogenital, skin, or oral mucosa lesions, see Herpes simplex DNA, Types 1 & 2, Qualitative. Use dacron or rayon swab to obtain specimen and place into M4-RT transport medium. Refrigerate. Deliver to the laboratory as soon as possible. The possibility for virus isolation decreases as the length of storage time increases. Many viral agents will survive at room temperature for several hours; however, for optimum recovery of viruses, please refrigerate; do not freeze.

Normal Volume
1 swab
Minimum Volume
1 swab

Billing Information

CPT Code
87254
Pro Fee Code
 
LOINC
 

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