Specimen Requirements


Cytomegalovirus DNA, Quantitative, Real Time PCR

Specimen Requirement

Preferred sample:
Collect lavender EDTA/1.0 mL whole blood minimum, send room temp or refrigerated.

Alternate sample:
Collect EDTA PPT or SST/1.0 mL plasma/serum, centrifuge and transfer plasma/serum to a screw top plastic vial within 2 hours of collection. Indicate sample type on tube and send.


Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)


Room temp: 48 hours, Refrigerated: 8 days, Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Range

The reference ranges are determined by the performing laboratory and will show on the report.


2-3 days

Clinical Use

Quantitative PCR methods may be useful in monitoring CMV replication in immunosuppressed patients or in determining the viral load of CMV in amniotic fluid.

Test Code