Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Culture
Culture, Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
Aid in the diagnosis of disease caused by CMV (eg, viral infections, pneumonia, and organ transplant-related disease)
CMV infections are common and are often asymptomatic, but can be severe and life-threatening in immunocompromised patients including organ recipients and AIDS patients. CMV is the most frequent cause of congenital viral infections in humans and occurs in about 1% of all newborns. Approximately 90% have no clinical symptoms at birth. Ten percent to 20% of these infants will develop complications before school age. Congenital infection may occur as a result of either primary or recurrent maternal infection. Serology for the detection of cytomegalovirus is available.
Blood, urine, buffy coat, throat, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), bronchial washings, cervical, semen, biopsy sources, or bone marrow
10 to 14 mL blood or 4 mL urine
Two green-top (heparin) tubes; sterile leakproof urine container; viral, Chlamydia, or Mycoplasma culture transport provided by LabCorp, or other appropriate transport medium (throat, cervical, semen, biopsy sources)
Bronchoalveolar lavage: Submit 10 to 50 mL fluid in sterile leakproof container and refrigerate.
Urine: A first morning clean catch urine should be submitted in a sterile screw-cap container. Refrigerate immediately and ship at 4°C. Do not freeze.
Blood/buffy coat/bone marrow: Collect two green-top (heparin) tubes. Transport at room temperature as soon as possible. Do not freeze.
Other: Collect a viral transport for throat, cervical, semen, and biopsy sources. Refrigerate immediately and ship at 4°C. Do not freeze.
Do not freeze. Maintain blood at room temperature; other specimen sources should be refrigerated.
Bacterial swab specimen; specimen received in grossly leaking transport container; dry specimen; specimens submitted in fixative or additive; specimen received in expired transport media or incorrect transport device; inappropriate specimen transport conditions; specimen received after prolonged delay in transport (usually more than 72 hours); specimen stored or transported at room temperature; specimen received frozen; wooden shaft swab in transport device; unlabeled specimen or name discrepancy between specimen and request label
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