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Cytomegalovirus by PCR, Quantitative

Components

Name Method Department Units
CMV by PCR, Quant Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
CMI, Molecular Infectious Disease CMV DNA IU/mL

Specimen Requirements

Plasma Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 1 mL
Stability

Refrigerated - 2 day(s)
Frozen - Indefinite week(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Centrifuge, remove plasma/serum and refrigerate
  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Frozen whole blood
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame

Comments

CMV DNA Plasma is the tested blood fraction. Results are reported in international units (IU) per mL. One IU of CMV DNA is about 2 copies of CMV DNA. Results are also being reported in CMV DNA log10 IU/mL. Specimens received after 0900 will be done on the next day of testing.

CPT Code

  • 87497