CYTOMEGALOVIRUS BY PCR QUALITATIVE, PLASMA

Mnemonic

CMVPCR

Synonym

CMV - CMVPCR

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Serum Separator Tube (SST). Also acceptable: Amniotic fluid, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), CSF, ocular fluid, tissue, urine, or dried blood spot (DBS). 

Handling

Separate serum or plasma from cells. Transfer 1 mL plasma, serum, whole blood, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, BAL, CSF, ocular fluid, or urine to a sterile container.
(Min: 0.5 mL) 

Dried Blood Spot: Whole blood collected on newborn screening card (3/16 inch punch). Transport punch in an ARUP Standard Transport Tube.

Tissue: Transfer to a sterile container and freeze immediately. 

Preferred Volume

1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL Serum/Plasma (1.2 mL minimum whole blood draw)

Transport

Frozen.

Whole Blood or Bone Marrow: Refrigerated.

Dried Blood Spot: Room temperature.

Rejection Criteria

Heparinized specimens.

Stability

Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 3 months

Whole Blood or Bone Marrow: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 week

Dried Blood Spot: Ambient: 28 days; Refrigerated: 8 days; Frozen: 8 days

Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 3 months

Testing Information

Note

Specimen source is required.

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

1-3 days

Method

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Referral Lab

ARUP (60040)

Reference Values

Reference Values

Negative:    Cytomegalovirus DNA not detected by PCR.
Positive:      Cytomegalovirus DNA detected by PCR.

Comments

A negative result does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or cytomegalovirus DNA concentrations below the level of detection of the assay.

CPT Codes

87496

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:07 AM