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Suggested Tests for Viral Identification

Slide 18

April 2012

CSF is another commonly submitted specimen for viral detection, particularly in patients with meningitis or encephalitis. In this setting, the tests of choice would include enterovirus PCR, HSV and VZV PCR if indicated by the clinical picture, and arbovirus serology as indicated. It is important to emphasize again that arboviruses do NOT grow in routine cell culture, so this is not something that culture should be used for. Also, virus is rarely grown in culture from CSF, which is why I’ve listed PCR tests rather than culture-based tests in this setting.

Suggested Tests for Viral Identification


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