Pathology Handbook

Virus culture / PCR for infections other than Herpes Simplex

Synonyms

Tissue culture or PCR as appropriate

Clinical Indications

Test Includes

Cell culture / PCR for the detection of viruses from: nose swabs, throat swabs, genital swabs, vascular lesions, respiratory aspirates, biopsy and post mortem tissues

Request Form 

Request via ICE

Availability

On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Patient Preparation

None

Turnaround Time

10-14 days

Specimen

1) Faeces - a walnut sized portion should be submitted in a stool container

2) Swabs - special viral swabs complete with transportation tube are available from the Pathology Department on request

3) Vesicle Fluid - must be collected into a PLAIN universal container (white cap) and sent to the Microbiology Laboratory as soon as possible

4) Urine (children only) - urine samples for Cytomegalovirus (CMV) must be collected into a PLAIN universal container (white cap) and sent to the Microbiology Laboratory as soon as possible

5) Tissue - Samples must be sent directly to the Microbiology Laboratory and kept cool at all times. Do NOT add formalin to the tissue

Container

See above

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Leaking sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab Handling

Samples should be sent to the Reference Laboratory as soon as possible