|Alternate:||Blood Culture Viral; Blood CMV (Cytomegalovirus) Culture; Buffy Coat Viral Culture|
|Includes:||Viral isolation and identification from blood, including rapid identification of CMV.|
|Available:||Daily, 24 hours. Specimens received before 1 PM are set up the same day|
|Turnaround:||Negatives reported at 21 days, positives as identified|
|Volume:||3.0 mL (1 mL minimum)|
|Container:||Green top tube(heparin)|
|Normal:||No virus isolated.|
|Uses:||Aids in the detection and identification of viral infection.
Detectable Viruses – Adenovirus, CMV, Enterovirus, HSV, VZV
Please notify Virology if looking for Measles or Mumps
|Limitations:||Proper specimen collection and transport are critical in the detection of etiological agents. A negative result does not rule out a 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:||Traditional viral tissue culture|
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