|Alternate:||Spinal Fluid Viral Culture; Viral Culture CSF|
|Includes:||Viral isolation and identification from cerebral spinal fluid.|
|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|
|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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