Diagnosing viral infections.
Negative. If positive, virus is identified.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
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 this culture test include Epstein-Barr virus, rubella virus, papilloma, and Norwalk virus), and nonviable organisms submitted.
Days Test Performed
Soft Order Code
Viral Culture, Non respiratory (Sendout)
Cytomegalovirus shell vial
Varicella zoster Culture
Herpes simplex shell vial
Herpes simplex Culture
VIRAL CULTURE INCLUDING CMV
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Genital, synovial fluid, wound swab or tissue (includes pus, drainage, or abscess fluid) specimens are not acceptable for viral culture.
All routine viral cultures are inoculated into cell culture tubes for viral detection. Most common specimens received for routine testing include body fluid, ocular, rectal, spinal fluid, and stool. A rapid (16-hour incubation) shell vial cell culture assay will be inoculated when specimens are designated for herpes simplex virus (HSV) or cytomegalovirus (CMV) detection or as appropriate for source indicated. Test sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories.