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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Quantitative Real-time PCR, Plasma

Test Name:Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Quantitative Real-time PCR, Plasma
Epic Order Code:LAB913  
CPT Code:87497  
Specimen(s) Type:Plasma, 2.0 mL
Acceptable Container(s):Top is purple (lavender).
Testing Schedule:Monday-Saturday
Turn Around Time:STAT: NA  
 Routine: 2-4 days
Collection Information:No special patient preparation required. Obtain by standard collection procedures.
Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab within 24 hours, centrifuge the specimen and remove plasma from the red cells. Store and transport at room temperature up to 96 hours. If longer storage is required, store and transport at -20° C.
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient volume, incorrect/delay in transport.
Reference Range:Not detected  
Additional Information:CMV is an important pathogen in the transplant setting causing pneumonitis, colitis, hepatitis, CNS disease, neutropenia, and disseminated disease. Quantitative CMV DNA PCR can be used for early detection of CMV reactivation, primary infections, and monitoring response to treatment.