Lab Test : Viral Culture - Wound

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Alternate:Wound Viral Culture
Includes:Viral culture
Department:Virology
Phone:(937) 641-3902
SQ Code:WNVC
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:Sterile swab of wounds
Volume:Sterile swab (no swabs with woodens shafts please) or any fluid 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 viruses causing infections in wounds.

Detectable Viruses - Adenovirus, CMV, Enterovirus, HSV, VZV
Limitations:Proper specimen collection and transport are critical in the detection of etiological agents. A negative result does not rule out viral infection.

If Adenovirus, CMV, HSV, or VZV is the only virus suspected, PCR is more sensitive and specific and has a turnaround time of 1 day.
Method:Culture
 

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