Test Overview

Test Methodology

Cell Culture

Test Usage

Diagnosing viral infections.

Reference Range*

Negative. If positive, virus is identified.

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

Test Limitations

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.

Test Details

Days Test Performed

Daily

Analytic Time

16 days

Soft Order Code

VIRNR

MiChart Code

Viral Culture, Non respiratory (Sendout)

Synonyms

Synonyms

Cytomegalovirus Culture
Cytomegalovirus shell vial
CMV Culture
Adenovirus Culture
Enterovirus Culture
VZV Culture
Varicella zoster Culture
CVCULT
Herpes simplex shell vial
HSV Culture
CMVCULT
Herpes simplex Culture
VIRNR
VIRAL CULTURE INCLUDING CMV
VCULT

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Laboratory

Sendout

Laboratory Reference

Mayo VIRNR

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Specimen Requirements

Rejection Criteria

Genital, synovial fluid, wound swab or tissue (includes pus, drainage, or abscess fluid) specimens are not acceptable for viral culture.

Container

Red Top Tube

Additional Information

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.

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Fee Codes


CPT Code

87252

LOINC

6584-7

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