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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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. Lawrence Kessler
20 doctors shared insights

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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If 90% of primary ocular HSV infection is sub clinical, with no issues seen in slit lamp exam, can a viral culture reach a definite conclusion?

If 90% of primary ocular HSV infection is sub clinical, with no issues seen in slit lamp exam, can a viral culture reach a definite conclusion?

It depends: If the infection is recent a viral culture can give you the answer. A viral PCR also can be used. However you have to remember that it depends when and how it is done. ...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

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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