Viral Culture, Non-Respiratory and Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture
Ordering Recommendation

For best results, specify specimen source and suspected virus on order form. Molecular diagnostics are preferred for suspected invasive CMV.

Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence
Viral Culture: 3-16 days
Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture: 1-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Eye swab, lesion, tissue (brain, colon, kidney, liver, etc.), or urine. 
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transfer 3 mL specimen to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer to 3 mL viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swab or Tissue:
Place in 3 mL viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs. 
Specimen source preferred. 
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Identification is billed separately from culture. Viruses that can be isolated include: adenovirus, cytomegalovirus, enterovirus, herpes simplex virus, and varicella-zoster virus. However, virus-specific tests are recommended and are listed below

The following test is standard-of-care for diagnosing Adenovirus infection in tissue specimens:
Adenovirus by Qualitative PCR (ARUP test code 2007473)

The following tests are standard of care for diagnosing viral infection in CSF specimens:
Cytomegalovirus by PCR (ARUP test code 0060040)
Enterovirus Detection by RT-PCR (ARUP test code 0050249)
Epstein-Barr Virus by PCR (ARUP test code 0050246)
Herpes Simplex Virus by PCR (ARUP test code 0060041)
Varicella-Zoster Virus by PCR (ARUP test code 0060042)

The following tests are recommended for detecting a specific virus in specimens other than CSF. If a specific virus is suspected, please indicate the virus on the test request.

Enteric adenovirus 40-41 and Rotavirus in Stool. Refer to Rotavirus & Adenovirus 40-41 Antigens, (ARUP code 0065067)
Cytomegalovirus. Refer to Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture (ARUP test code 0065004 ).
Measles virus. Refer to Measles (Rubeola) Virus Culture (ARUP test code 0065055).
Mumps virus. Refer to Mumps Virus Culture (ARUP test code 0065056).
Varicella-zoster virus. Refer to Varicella-Zoster Virus DFA with Reflex to Varicella-Zoster Virus Culture (ARUP test code 0060282).

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Component NumComponent MnemonicComponent Chart NameOrd/ResDescriptionPrompt TestChartableLoinc Code2006496Viral Culture, Non-Resp and CMV CultureViral Culture, Non-Resp and CMV CultureR NY 
2006496Viral Culture, Non-Respiratory and Cytomegalovirus Rapid CultureV VIC N
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CPT Code(s)
87252; 87254; If definitive identification required, add 87253.
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2006496Viral Culture, Non-Resp and CMV Culture6584-7
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  • adenovirus
  • CMV culture, HSV culture
  • CMV Rapid Culture
  • cytomegalovirus
  • enterovirus
  • herpes simplex virus
  • varicella-zoster virus
  • VZV culture