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Enterovirus culture

Clinical System Name

Viral Culture


Viral Culture


Sample Requirements

Specimen: Culture Specimen

Container(s): See note

Preferred Vol: 1 flocked swab in UTM, tissue in UTM, NP-flexible swab in UTM or CSF in sterile container

Minimum Vol:  1 vial, rectal or throat swabs; 1 mL CSF



Note: Collection of rectal and throat swabs is recommended. See Enterovirus by PCR for PCR requests on CSF. If both PCR and culture are ordered, separate specimens are required.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Freezing specimens at -20°C is NOT acceptable for viral culture.

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 -4  C

Storage location

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the Virology Section of the Sendouts Refrigerated Rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to UW NW220. Place a copy of the Transfer List (indicate time sent) in the Virology Transport Binder. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).


Off-site collection: Transport specimen refrigerated.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N Daily 3 -14 d

positives: 3-5 days; negatives: 2 weeks

Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept. of Laboratory Medicine

UW Virology Lab

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195


Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

Reference Range

None specified


Method: Tissue Culture

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes

87252 x2



Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Viral Culture Screen
Reference Test Number:



Send out M - F with the UW courier. Weekends and Holidays courier to UW NW220.