|Alternate:||NP Viral Culture; Nasopharyngeal Viral Culture|
|Includes:||Viral isolation and identification from NP(nasopharynx).|
|Available:||Daily 24 hours. Specimens received before 1 PM are set up the same day.|
|Turnaround:||Negatives reported at 14 days, positives as identified|
|Volume:||Sterile swab of NP (no swabs with wooden shafts please) placed in Viral/Chlamydia transport media.|
|Container:||Viral/Chlamydia transport media|
|Temperature:||Transport on ice. Refrigerate if transport is delayed more than 1 hour.|
|Rejection:||Specimen not submitted in Viral / Chlamydia transport media.|
|Normal:||No virus isolated|
|Uses:||Detects and identifies viral infection in NP specimens.
Detectable Viruses – Adenovirus, CMV, Enterovirus, HSV, Influenza A/B, Parainfluenza 1/2/3/4, RSV, VZV
Please notify the Virology Lab if looking for Measles, Mumps, or Rhinovirus.
|Limitations:||For better turnaround time and broader spectrum of viruses identified, a RIDPP/Respiratory Viral Panel for PCR should be ordered instead of the NPVC. If CMV or VZV is suspected, PCR for the suspected virus should be ordered on the specimen.
Proper specimen collection and transport are critical in the detection of etiological agents. A negative result does not rule out a viral infection.
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