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Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Qualitative, PCR

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Clinical Use:

This test is intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of CMV infection.

Specimen Type:

Whole blood, plasma, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), urine, or vitreous fluid

Requested Volume: 

0.5 mL

Minimum Volume: 

0.2 mL

Container Type: 

Lavender-top (EDTA) tube, yellow-top (ACD) tube, or sterile container (CSF, urine, or vitreous fluid)


Plasma must be separated from cells within 24 hours. Send in a plastic transport tube. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.

Storage Instructions:

Whole blood is stable at room temperature or refrigerated for seven days. Urine is stable refrigerated or frozen for seven days. Plasma and CSF are stable at room temperature or refrigerated for seven days or frozen for 90 days. Vitreous fluid is stable at room temperature or refrigerated for 14 days, frozen for 90 days.

Rejection Criteria

Quantity not sufficient for analysis; gross specimen contamination; specimen too old; leaking or broken tube

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