Lab Test : Viral Culture - Throat

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Alternate:Throat Viral Culture
Includes:Viral isolation and identification from throat.
Department:Virology
Phone:(937) 641-3907
SQ Code:THVC
Available:Daily 24 hours. Specimens received before 1 PM are set up the same day.
Turnaround:Negatives reported at 14 days, positives as identified
Specimen:Throat swab
Volume:Sterile swab of throat (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 one hour.
Rejection:Specimen not submitted in Viral/Chlamydia transport media.
Normal:No virus isolated.
Uses:Detects and identifies viral infection in throat.

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 THVC. If CMV, HSV, 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.
Method:Culture
 

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