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Cytomegalovirus Quantative PCR

Alias: CMV

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Detect and quantify Cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA in blood, tissue, and urine. Used for routine surveillance in patients at risk of active CMV infection / disease, monitoring response to immune suppression dose reduction and/or antiviral therapy, or suspected active/primary CMV infection. Organ or bone marrow transplant recipient, immunocompromised host, congenital CMV infection, serology suggesting active CMV infection in normal host.

Availability: Referred to Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 3 Days upon receipt at Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust

Specimen Type(s)
  • EDTA Whole Blood;
  • Tissue Biopsies;
  • Urine;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Purple Top BD;
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Purple Top Microtainer BD;
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
  • Cytomegalovirus DNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours, samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Please state the type of immunosuppression.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Not Detected / Positive - Low Level / Positive
Units: IU/mL / log10 IU/mL
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 02-06-2023