Cytomegalovirus by Qualitative PCR
Ordering Recommendation

Detects cytomegalovirus but does not quantify viral load. Potentially useful for specimen types other than blood. Cytomegalovirus by Quantitative PCR (0051813) on plasma is the preferred test for most clinical indications.

Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
1-3 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
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). 
Specimen Preparation
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. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Whole Blood or Bone Marrow: Refrigerated.
Dried Blood Spot: Room temperature. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Heparinized specimens. 
Specimen source is required. 
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
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 3 months 
Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

Compliance Statement A: For laboratory developed tests using a manufacturer labeled ASR as the reagent providing the specificity of the assay. Analyte Specific Reagent. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, the FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary.

Hotline History
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0050103Cytomegalovirus Source31208-2
0060040Cytomegalovirus by Qualitative PCR5000-5
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