CYTOMEGALOVIRUS DNA, QUANTITATIVE, REAL-TIME PCR

Specimen Required
Draw blood in a lavender EDTA tube. Send 1.0 mL whole blood (0.5 mL minimum) refrigerated.

Alternate Specimen
Whole Blood: ACD (*approximately 15% lower yield when compared to blood collected in EDTA tubes due to a dilution effect)
Fluid: CSF, Bronchoalveolar lavage, eye, amniotic, urine.

Rejection Criteria
Serum or Plasma; See CMVQA code for serum or plasma

Methodology
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Stability
Whole Blood: Room Temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 8 days; Frozen: Unacceptable
Fluid: Room Temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 8 days; Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range
CMV DNA, QN Real-Time, PCR:   <200 IU/mL  
CMV DNA, QN, PCR:   <2.30 Log IU/mL  

Performed
Sunday-Saturday

Turnaround Time3-6 days
Test CodeCMVQR
CPT-4 Code (s)
87497
LOINC Codes
CMV DNA, QN Real-Time PCR:   34720-3  
Specimen Source:   31208-2  
CMV DNA, QN PCR:   Not available  

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Medical
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