Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture
Label Mnemonic: CMVC
Epic Lab Code: LAB7552
Downtime Form: A-1a Doctor/Provider Orders - Pathology Core and Specialty Care Nursery
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
Bronchoalveolar Lavage, Colon Biopsy or Throat Swab
Specimen Instructions:
Transfer specimen to transport media as soon as possible after collection; available in Hospital Stores #33625, #923740 for viral transport kit.
Collection Medium:
or or
Chlamydia/Viral Transport Kit Swab Kit Straight HSV--VZV/Viral Culture 3.0 mL Sterile container
Specimen source is required.
Bronchoalveolar lavage in a sterile, leak-proof container.
Tissue, colon biopsy, or throat swab in viral transport media.
Rejection Criteria:
CSF, rectal swab, or stool. Whole blood in viral transport media. Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs.
Delivery Instructions:
Deliver to laboratory within 1 hour of collection.
Turn Around Time:
1-5 days upon receipt at reference laboratory.
Reference Range:
Culture negative for CMV by early antigen test.
Cytomegalovirus by PCR is a more sensitive method for the detection of CMV viremia and central nervous system infections, especially in the immunocompromised patient.
Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence
CPT Code:
87254 Shell vial