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Test Code VCSCMV Viral Culture + Rapid CMV

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 + Rapid CMV


Viral Culture + Rapid CMV, Tissue

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Body fluids, tissue, or swab

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

Preferred Vol: 3  - 5 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.

Processing Instructions

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

Spin: N

Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 8  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 as soon as possible after collection.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N Daily  

Rapid CMV read on days 1&2, culture 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: Viral Culture

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes


87252 x2


Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Viral Culture and Rapid CMV Detection
Reference Test Number:



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