A viral culture is a laboratory test in which a small sample
of tissue or fluid that may be infected is collected and placed in a container
along with cells in which a virus can grow. If a virus grows in the culture, it
causes changes in the cells that can be seen under a microscope, and the virus
can be identified.
It may take several weeks for a viral culture to grow and be
tested. Then it may help a doctor learn the cause of an infection.
May 21, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
We are happy to take your appointment request over the phone, or, you may fill out an online request form.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.