Viral Culture, Respiratory and Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture
2006497
Ordering Recommendation
Molecular diagnostics are preferred for suspected invasive CMV.
Mnemonic
V VIC R
Methodology
Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
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
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasopharyngeal aspirate, swab, or washing, or tracheal aspirate, sputum, throat, tissue (lung, etc.).  
Specimen Preparation
Fluid: Transfer to sterile, leak-proof container.
Swabs or Tissue:
Place in viral transport media (ARUP Supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect ™or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. Place each specimen in a separate, individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs.  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.   
Stability
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable  
Reference Interval
Negative.  
Interpretive Data
 
Note
Identification is billed separately from culture. Viruses that can be isolated include: adenovirus; cytomegalovirus; enterovirus; herpes simplex virus; influenza A and B; parainfluenza types 1, 2, 3; RSV; 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 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.

Cytomegalovirus. Refer to Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture (ARUP test code 0065004 ).
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV). hMPV can be detected by DFA staining or nucleic acid testing. Refer to Human Metapneumovirus by DFA (ARUP test code 0060779) and Respiratory Viruses DFA (ARUP test code 0060289), or Human Metapneumovirus by RT-PCR (ARUP test code 0060784).
Measles virus. Refer to Measles (Rubeola) Virus Culture (ARUP test code 0065055).
Mumps virus. Refer to Mumps Virus Culture (ARUP test code 0065056).
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Refer to Respiratory Syncytial Virus DFA (ARUP test code 0060288).
Respiratory viruses. Refer to Respiratory Viruses DFA Stain, ARUP test code 0060289). 
Varicella-zoster virus. Refer to Varicella-Zoster Virus DFA with Reflex to Varicella-Zoster Virus Culture (ARUP test code 0060282).
CPT Code(s)
87252; 87254; if definitive identification performed, add 87253
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
2006497Viral Culture, Resp and CMV Culture6584-7
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Aliases
  • Adenovirus Culture
  • CMV culture
  • CMV rapid culture
  • culture for virus
  • cytomegalovirus
  • enterovirus
  • herpes simplex virus
  • HSV culture
  • influenza A and B
  • parainfluenza types 1, 2, 3
  • RSV cutlure
  • varicella-zoster virus
  • VSV culture