4-7 ml whole blood; for infants a volume of 2-4 ml is acceptable
4 ml whole blood; for infants a volume of 2 ml is acceptable
Transport blood in a timely fashion (preferably within 8 hours of collection) at room temperature to the Clinical Virology Laboratory.
Whole blood in an EDTA-anticoagulated tube is the preferred specimen source. Thoroughly mix the blood by gently inverting the collection tube 6-12 times before sending to the laboratory. Other acceptable specimens include body fluids, tissue submitted in viral transport medium, and CSF.
If qualitative CMV DNA real-time PCR is positive from blood, a quantitative assay will be performed to measure the amount of CMV DNA present.
87496 (qualitative CMV DNA PCR screening), 87497 (quantitative viral load determination, if necessary)
Amplification and detection of CMV DNA polymerase gene using TaqMan real-time PCR technology. This test is performed pursuant to an agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
If positive, results are reported as cytomegalovirus DNA detected.
Negative or no cytomegalovirus DNA detected
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