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Cytomegalovirus by PCR, Quantitative


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

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 1 mL

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


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