Lab Test : Viral Culture - Cerebrospinal Fluid

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Alternate:Spinal Fluid Viral Culture; Viral Culture CSF
Includes:Viral isolation and identification from cerebral spinal fluid.
Phone:(937) 641-3907
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:Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), or ventricular fluid
Volume:1 mL
Container:Sterile CSF tube
Temperature:Room temperature. Refrigerate if transport is delayed more than one hour.
Normal:No virus isolated.
Uses:To detect and identify viral infection in CSF.

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.

Suspected Adenovirus, CMV, Enterovirus, HSV, and VZV in CSF should include an order for detection by PCR.

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