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Viral Culture

Uses and Pitfalls


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Pitfalls of Culture

Slide 12

April 2012

Although there are advantages to isolating viruses in culture, there are also some important pitfalls. First, not all clinically important viruses grow in routine culture (and that includes both tube and shell vial cultures). Also, some viruses grow poorly in culture or take an extended period of time to show recognizable CPE. Culture also relies on the presence of viable virus in the specimen. Virus may not be viable due to a number of factors such as prior patient treatment, the type of sample collected, and the conditions under which the specimen is transported to the lab.

Pitfalls of Culture


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