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RSV VIRAL CULTURE (RVC)

Department: Virology
Test Synonym(s): RVC, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, RSV culture
Test Components: Respiratory syncytial virus culture
CPT Codes: 87252
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: RSV antige
TAT: 1-10 days
Special Instructions: Send to lab immediately on ice. Add universal (viral) transport medium (UTM) to respiratory trap - put swab in UTM. No wooden shaft or calcium alginate tip swabs. Additional tests/charges may be added as appropriate.


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