VRESP - Overview: Viral Culture, Respiratory

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Test ID: VRESP    
Viral Culture, Respiratory

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Diagnosing viral infections

Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

All routine viral cultures are inoculated into cell culture tubes for viral detection. The most common specimens received for routine testing include bronchoalveolar lavage, sputum, and throat. A rapid (16-hour incubation) shell vial cell culture assay will be inoculated when specimens are designated for herpes simplex virus or cytomegalovirus detection or as appropriate for source indicated.


-For oral specimens for suspected hand-foot-and-mouth disease or  enterovirus, clearly indicate "enterovirus" on request.


Testing for Mumps or Measles Virus: Do not submit specimens for viral culture testing if there is a suspicion of mumps or measles virus. Suspect mumps or measles cases should be submitted directly to a state health department for laboratory testing.


Do not submit specimens for viral culture testing if there is a suspicion of Ebola virus or any viral hemorrhagic fever, avian influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome Coronovirus (MERS-CoV), or other high-risk infectious agents. Contact your state health department for more information and testing options.

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Cell Culture

Shell Vial Assay for Herpes Simplex Virus or Cytomegalovirus

NY State Approved Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name A shorter/abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name

Viral Culture, Respiratory

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
Herpes 1 and 2 (culture)
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
Culture for Virus
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Influenza Virus
Parainfluenza Virus