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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Viral Culture (Overview)

A viral culture involves taking a sample and plating it in a culture medium that allows it to grow. There are dozens of different media for viral culture, as each virus requires a different nutrient environment for it to grow. So, whenever this is suspected, many different types of culture media are "plated" to make sure the appropriate virus can be identified.


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What does viral culture and isolation involve?

What does viral culture and isolation involve?

Collection & growth: A specimin is collected from the donor site (nose/throat)using a special swab and placed in a transport media for its trip to the lab. The donor material is transferred to the culture media ( special living material the virus can grow in) and kept under special conditions & monitred for evidance of viral growth. Urine/stool/spinal fluid or other donor material can also be used. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Viral Culture (Overview)

A viral culture involves taking a sample and plating it in a culture medium that allows it to grow. There are dozens of different media for viral culture, as each virus requires a different nutrient environment for it to grow. So, whenever this is suspected, many different types of culture media are "plated" to make sure the appropriate virus can be identified.


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What is the definition or description of: viral culture?

What is the definition or description of: viral culture?

Viral study: A viral culture involves taking a sample and plating it in a culture medium that allows it to grow. There are dozens of different media for viral culture, as each virus requires a different nutrient environment for it to grow. So, whenever this is suspected, many different types of culture media are "plated" to make sure the appropriate virus can be identified. ...Read more

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Who would need a urine viral culture?

Who would   need a urine viral culture?

Special cases.: Urine cultures for viruses are uncommon tests that are performed to confirm the presence of a viral infection. Viruses are much more difficult to detect in urine than bacterial infections, and special assays must be performed. Infections with adenovirus, cytomegalovirus, and mumps can be detected in the urine. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: RSV viral culture?

What is the definition or description of: RSV viral culture?

Recollection: Of saline washing from the nasopharynx for culture. This attempts to isolate respiratory syncitial virus that causes bronchiolitis, cough and wheezing in infants. ...Read more

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Positive HSV2 viral culture from lesion in April 2014. Asymptomatic since, do not take meds, tested negative twice at 2 different labs for IgG last week (more than 1 year later). What's my status?

Positive HSV2 viral culture from lesion in April 2014. Asymptomatic since, do not take meds, tested negative twice at 2 different labs for IgG last week (more than 1 year later). What's my status?

HSV: HSV is known to go into latency, or remission, but although the immune response has quieted, the virus is still present in your body in a protected site and you can be subject to a recurrence. Be glad you are symptom free, but take note of any suggestion of recurrence early and get treated. If it was a vaginal lesion, be wary of vaginal birth as it may impact the child. ...Read more

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Is a viral culture as accurate as a blood test for hsv2?

Is a viral culture as accurate as a blood test for hsv2?

It depends...: Both types of test have pro and cons. When there is an active, fresh outbreak less than 2-3 days in duration, culture (or even better, a PCR test for HSV DNA) is generally best. When no lesions are present, or if healing and culture or DNA is negative, blood test is the only option. However, the blood tests aren't perfect; some positive results are false, especially if only weakly positive. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: viral culture shows human papilloma virus?

HPV: Human papillomavirus (also called hpv) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (sti). There are more than 40 hpv types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Hpv can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with hpv do not even know they have it. ...Read more

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My viral culture came back positive for hsv. I don't think I have it because my partner and I never had any symptoms. Also I have been reading many stories about false positives. Also. During my exam my doctor told me that I do not have herpes. My ex was

My viral culture came back positive for hsv. I don't think I have it because my partner and I never had any symptoms. Also I have been reading many stories about false positives. Also. During my exam my doctor told me that I do not have herpes. My ex was

Infectious disease: You ought to consult an infection disease expert. A person may have HSV and not have any symptoms but still pass it on to others. The infection disease expert may order other tests such as antibody titer to HSV and nucleic acid testing. ...Read more

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Can you use a viral culture on ocular HSV that does not show dendrites or lesions in the fluorescein blue-light test, presenting with eyelid pain?

Can you use a viral culture on ocular HSV that does not show dendrites or lesions in the fluorescein blue-light test, presenting with eyelid pain?

Yes: I am slightly confused by the question but it sounds like you want to know if such a clinical presentation can be cultured to see if HSV is present. That is certainly possible if the culture is taken prior to any treatment having been given. ...Read more

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I did viral culture test for herpes with sores from a first outbreak in my MOUTH. Result: positive type 2! Can type be wrong or is really genital ???

I did viral culture test for herpes with sores from a first outbreak in my MOUTH. Result: positive type 2! Can type be wrong or is really genital ???

It's possible: Type 1 is more common in the mouth, and Type 2 is more common in the genital region. It is also not UNCOMMON to have it vice versa, it is possible. Follow up closely with your doctor for treatment and continue to practice safe sex techniques. ...Read more

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Viral infection 4 days now rapid strep came back neg the doc suspect strep did a culture as well but im now have burning feet.associated?lowlegpain2?

Viral infection 4 days now rapid strep came back neg the doc suspect strep did a culture as well but im now have burning feet.associated?lowlegpain2?

Varies: Strep is a bacterial infection and so a viral infection will be negative for strep. It is fairly common for patients with viral infections to get pains in their joints and muscles. It can be from toxins from the infection itself or even be as a result of the bodies immune response to the infection. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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If my husband have a viral, what type of viral is it.

A viral what??: It makes a huge difference in the answer if you say a viral infection or a viral wart or viral? ...Read more

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What is viral syndrome?

What is viral syndrome?

A vague description: A collection of symptoms resulting from an infection caused by a virus (for example, the combination of fever, sore throat and runny nose). ...Read more

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How do anti-virals work?

How do anti-virals work?

Depends on the drug: Some prevent the virus from entering the cell. Some prevent the virus from taking over the cell's replicating machinery, some prevent the viral assembly so that new viral particles never form correctly. Further drugs specifically block the assembly of the virus' genetic code. ...Read more

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Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Usually Resolves: A patient with good general health and a normal immune system will usually recover from a viral pneumonia after it runs its course. Occasionally a bacteria will come in and trigger a secondary infection which prolongs the illness & requires extra rx.If pneumonia is part of a more extensive viral illness, affecting other tissue systems, other problems may dominate the recovery process. ...Read more

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What is the viral name of salmonella?

What is the viral name of salmonella?

Salmonella is not a: virus. It is a bacteria that causes an infection called Salmonellosis . ...Read more

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Can someone transmit viral cardiomyapathy?

Can someone transmit viral cardiomyapathy?

Not likely: All of the viruses that cause viral myocarditis are transmittable, and most of them are transmitted by direct contact. However, just because a virus causes myocarditis in one person, does not mean that it will cause myocarditis in another person, even in the same household. The causation of cardiac compromise related to viral infection is complex and probably depends of several factors. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for viral influenza?

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What is the prognosis for viral influenza?

Good: it is a viral infection- a self limiting disease in majority cases as long as your immune system is intact. the disease can be severe in immuno-compromised people. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Rsv Viral Culture (Definition)

Of saline washing from the nasopharynx for culture. This attempts to isolate respiratory syncitial virus that causes bronchiolitis, cough ...Read more