Test Catalog

Test ID: VRESP    
Viral Culture, Respiratory

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

Diagnosing viral infections in respiratory specimens

Reflex Tests Lists tests that may or may not be performed, at an additional charge, depending on the result and interpretation of the initial tests.

Test IDReporting NameAvailable SeparatelyAlways Performed
TISSRTissue ProcessingNo, (Bill Only)No
VID2Additional Testing Virus IdentNo, (Bill Only)No
SVIRViral Smear, Shell VialNo, (Bill Only)No

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations 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.


If enterovirus or hand, foot, and mouth disease is suspected, clearly indicate "enterovirus" on request.

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


Reporting Name Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test

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