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Viral Culture, Respiratory

Mnemonic:    [C Vir Resp]
Name:    Viral Culture, Respiratory
Specimen:     Respiratory Viral Culture:
Collect: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasopharyngeal aspirate, swab, or washing, or tracheal aspirate, sputum, throat, tissue (lung, etc.).

Send fluids in a sterile, leak-proof container.

Place swabs or tissue in viral transport media.

Place each specimen in a separate, individually sealed bag.

Unacceptable conditions: calcium alginate, eSwab, dry or wood swabs.
Transport Temp:    Refrigerated
Spec Stability:    Stable 3 days refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 2006499
Reference Range:    Negative
  Method:    Cell Culture
Note:    Viruses that can be isolated by culture include:
--Herpes Simplex virus
--Varicella-Zoster Virus

Virus specific tests by PCR are recommended and are individually orderable at ARUP.
Processing Info:    Sent out on a Manual Requisition Form though Microbiology.

Write source on both the sample container and on the requisition.

If a specific virus is supected, please indicate the virus on the request slip.