Ordering Recommendation

Not a preferred stand-alone test.

Mnemonic
V FLUC
Methodology

Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

2-6 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Respiratory specimen: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), nasopharyngeal aspirate, swab, or washing, or tracheal aspirate.

Specimen Preparation

Fluid: Transfer specimen to a sterile container. Transfer 2 mL fluid to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL).Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport media (ARUP supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swab: Place in viral transport media.
Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.

Storage/Transport Temperature

Refrigerated.

Unacceptable Conditions

Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs.

Remarks

Specimen source preferred.

Stability

Ambient: 1 hour; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval

Culture negative for influenza viruses

Interpretive Data



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note

This test can also be ordered as a reflex in Influenza Virus A & B DFA with Reflex to Influenza Virus A & B Rapid Culture (ARUP test code 0060284).

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

87254

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060286 Culture, Influenza Virus A/B Rapid 6438-6
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Aliases
  • Flu
Influenza Virus A and B Rapid Culture