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Test Code VCSIHS Viral Culture + Herpes Group FA

Additional Codes

Isolates HSV, CMV, VZV with rapid testing for CMV.

Clinical System Name

Viral Culture + Herpes Group FA


Viral Culture + Herpes Group FA, Tissue

Sample Requirements

Specimen: See note

Container(s): Sterile Screw-Capped Container or UTM

Preferred Vol: 3 mL  for body fluids

Minimum Vol: See note


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. RSV,Varicella/Zoster, measles, mumps - send immediately!


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dry swab (not in UTM). 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).

 RSV,Varicella/Zoster, measles, mumps - send immediately!

Off-site collection: Transport specimen refrigerated as soon as possible after collection. RSV,Varicella/Zoster, measles, mumps - send immediately!



Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N M - F: FA set up @ 8am and 5pm. Weekend & Holidays: FA set up @ 10am. 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: None specified

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes



87252 x2


Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Viral Culture & Herpes Group FA
Reference Test Number:



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