Days Set Up
Analytic Time

14 days

MiChart Code
Viral Culture, Respiratory (Sendout)
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


CMV Culture
Herpes simplex shell vial
HSV Culture
Cytomegalovirus Culture
Enterovirus Culture
Adenovirus Culture
Cytomegalovirus shell vial
Herpes simplex Culture
Influenza virus Culture
Parainfluenza (types 1-3) Culture
Respiratory syncytial virus Culture
Varicella zoster Culture
VZV Culture

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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.

Specimen Requirements


SWAB: collect throat swab specimen using dacron or rayon swab with an aluminum or plastic shaft; do not use swab with calcium alginate tip or wooden shaft. Place swab in in M5 transport and refrigerate. FLUID: place 1 mL bronchial lavage, broncial washings or aspirates, tracheal secretions or sputum, or other lower respiratory tract specimen in a sterile tube or container and refrigerate. TISSUE: place lung or other tissue in a sterile container with 1-2 mL of sterile saline or M5 transport media and refrigerate.

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.