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Culture- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)


Name Method Department Units
CMV Culture Cell culture shell vial and early antigen immunofluorescence staining
CMI, Virology

Specimen Requirements

Urine, BAL, Respiratory tract specimen

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

M4 collection kit

N/A 2 mL

Refrigerated - 2 day(s)


Sterile container

N/A 2 mL

Room temperature - 24 hour(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong type of specimen
  • Not received at proper temperature
  • Not received within specified time frame


Blood or bone marrow specimens are no longer acceptabe for CMV culture. PCR for CMV on these specimen sources is the recommended test because of greatly enhanced sensitivity.

CPT Code

  • 87254
  • 87252