Test directory: Culture, Virus, BF, Tissues

Ordering Code6214
Test NameCulture, Virus, BF, Tissues
AliasViral Culture, Body Fluid, Tissue
Preferred SpecimenBronchial aspirate/washes, Tracheal aspirates/washes,
Sterile body fluids, Tissue/lung biopsy or Conjunctival swab
Preferred ContainerVCM medium (Green cap) or equivalent
Other Specimen/ContainerBone marrow collected in Sodium Heparin (Green-top) tube or
Lithium Heparin (Green-top) tube
Optimum VolumeFluid: 3 mL
Collection InstructionsFluid specimen in equal volume of VCM (Viral/Chlamydia/
Mycoplasma) transport medium or equivalent. Swab or tissue in VCM or equivalent. Fluids in sterile container acceptable. To maintain optimum viability, place swab or fluid into VCM or equivalent and transport the specimen to the laboratory as soon as possible.
Handling InstructionsIf transport time is >4 days, specimens must be frozen at -70 degree C and shipped on dry ice. Raw samples should only be refrigerated (NOT frozen).
Transport RequirementsOahu: Refrigerated
Airline: Frozen
Specimen StabilityVCM medium (Green-cap) tube or equivalent
Ambient: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 4 Days
Frozen -20 Degree C: Unacceptable +Frozen -70 Degree C: 30 Days
Rejection CriteriaAmbient, Calcium alginate swab, Dry cotton swab, Sputum,
Wooden shaft swab, Bacterial transport medium, DNA probe transport systems, Tissues in formalin or other fixatives,
Transports for antigen detection by EIA, Frozen -20 C,
Semen, Whole Blood, Bone marrow in EDTA (refer to PCR testing)
Avail. StatNO
Analytic TimeUp to 4 Weeks
MethodologyImmunofluorescence Assay (IFA), Tissue Culture
Reference Lab Quest Diagnostic Lab-NI

Reference range(s)

ComponentAgeMale NormMale Critical LowMale Critical HighFemale NormFemale Critical HighFemale Critical LowUnitsAdd'l info
SourceALLSee report.
Culture, VirusALLSee report.