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Test Code VCCMVR Viral culture Herpes group + rapid CMV

Important Note

Do not use this test for CSF.  For CSF use the test Rapid CSF Viral PCR Qual Panel

Clinical System Name

Viral culture Herpes group + rapid CMV


Viral Culture Herpes Group + Rapid CMV, Tissue

Sample Requirements

Specimen: See note

Container(s): See  note

Preferred Vol: See note

Minimum Vol: 3.0  mL body fluid


Note: Body Fluids should be in sterile containers. Tissue or swab must be in UTM. For NP site use a mid turbinate flocked swab, for all other swabbed sites use a regular flocked swab. Swab MUST be placed in UTM at time of collection. VZV is very unstable-transport immediately to the laboratory.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dry swab (not in UTM). Stool samples submitted in diapers

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 4  C

Storage location: Send sample to arrive at UW within 24 hours.

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: VZV is very unstable-transport imediately to the laboratory.Transport specimen refrigerated.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp


  Refrigerated up to 24 h




STAT Performed TAT
N M-F: Specimen in lab by 7PM, Sa, Su and Holidays: Specimen in Lab by 2PM, 24 - 48 hours for rapid CMV


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: Viral culture

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes




Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Herpes Group Culture and CMV Rapid Detection
Reference Test Number:



Send out M - F with the UW courier, to arrive at UW within 24 hours. Weekends and Holidays courier to UW NW220.