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Test Code VCHG Viral culture Herpes group

Important Note

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

Clinical System Name

Viral culture Herpes group


HSV Group Culture
Viral Culture Herpes Group
Viral Culture Herpes Group Tissue


Sample Requirements

Specimen: Culture Specimen

Container(s): Culture/Transport Media or UTM

Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol:  0.5 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. RN may pool swabs at the time of collection. VZV is very unstable-transport imediately 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

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






STAT Performed TAT
N Daily  

2-4 days for pos., 5 days for preliminary neg.


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

Reference values accompany patient report.


Method: Tissue culture

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes



Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Herpes Group Culture(HSV 1&2, CMV, VZ)
Reference Test Number:



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