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Test Compendium


Test Code

  • 4073

Test Synonym

  • Culture, Virus

Specimen Requirements

  • Miscellaneous


  • Viral Transport Medium, M-4, Sterile Container, Container- Screw Top, Green Top Tube


  • Refrigerated

Turn Around Time

  • 30 days

CPT Codes

  • 87252
    *The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the responsibility of the billing entity. Please direct any questions regarding the CPT coding to the payer being billed.

Special Instructions

  • swab in viral transport or fluid in sterile screw cap tube/container fluid or one swab in viral transport

Additional Information

  • Viral, Chlamydia, or Mycoplasma culture transport provided by Lab or other appropriate transport medium; sterile screw-cap tube or container for fluids, feces, nasal washings, urine, or biopsy (no preservative); green-top (heparin) tube for blood, bone marrow, and buffy coat Submit one specimen per test requested. Specify the exact specimen source/origin (eg, genital lesion). Indicate a specific test number on the request form. Age of patient, relevant vaccinations, and pertinent clinical history are helpful. Whenever a viral etiology is suspected and whenever appropriate, acute and convalescent serum should be collected for viral serology tests. Call the lab for information on specific collection by specimen source