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Viral Culture

Uses and Pitfalls


Slide 21

April 2012

So in summary, although viral culture is considered a “gold standard,” it is rarely the test of choice. This is due to multiple reasons, including the long turnaround time, the limited number of viruses that will grow in routine culture, unlike bacterial culture which will support the growth of numerous common bacteria and the fact that many viruses don’t grow well or grow very slowly in culture. Therefore, I encourage physicians to be familiar with the different viruses associated with various clinical presentations so that the appropriate tests can be ordered.



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