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INFLUENZA VIRAL CULTURE (IVC)

Department: Virology
Test Synonym(s): IVC, flu culture, Influenza culture
Test Components: Influenza culture
CPT Codes: 87252, 87253
Methodology: Tissue culture, hemadsorption
Reference Range: Culture - no virus isolated
Tube Type: Wash, aspirate, lavage in sterile leakproof container; flocked swab preferred but dacron/rayon swab accepted in universal transport medium,3ml or 1-2 ml saline
Specimen: Material from respiratory source only; Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab/aspirate/wash or nasal wash preferred


Temperature: Store refrigerated (2-8 C), do not freeze, transport on wet ice


Stability: Labile specimen. Keep refrigerated.
Reasons for Rejection: Collected more than 1 day prior to receipt in lab, non-respiratory source, calcium alginate or wooden-shaft swab, dry swab
Days Performed: Daily
Times Performed: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

TAT: 1-10 days
Special Instructions: Send to the lab immediately on ice. Put in universal transport medium. No wooden shaft or calcium alginate tip swabs. Additional tests/charges may be added as appropriate.

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