Cytomegalovirus, Quantitative PCR with Reflex to Drug Resistance Testing by Sequencing
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Detect and quantify cytomegalovirus. Determine antiviral drug resistance to cidofovir, foscarnet sodium, and ganciclovir.

Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction/Sequencing
4-6 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA). 
Specimen Preparation
Separate plasma from cells. Transfer 4 mL plasma to a sterile container. (Min: 2.5 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Serum. Heparinized specimens. 
Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 1 year 
Reference Interval
Not detected
Interpretive Data
The quantitative range of this test is 2.6 - 6.6 log copies/mL (390-3,900,000 copies/mL) or 2.4 - 6.4 log IU/mL (227- 2,270,000 IU/mL). One IU/mL of CMV DNA is approximately 1.72 copies/mL.

A negative result (less than 2.6 log copies/mL [less than 390 copies/mL] OR less than 2.4 log IU/mL [less than 227 IU/mL]) does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or CMV DNA concentrations below the level of detection of the test. Inhibition may also lead to underestimation of viral quantitation.

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.

If CMV Quantitative PCR result is greater than or equal to 3.2 log (1600 copies/mL), then CMV Antiviral Drug Resistance by Sequencing will be added. Additional charges apply.
Hotline History
CPT Code(s)
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0051814Cytomegalovirus Quant by PCR, Interp40444-2
0051815Cytomegalovirus Quant by PCR, Log Cpy/mL54206-8
2002316Cytomegalovirus Quant by PCR, Cpy/mL30247-1
2006534Cytomegalovirus Quant by PCR, IU/mL72493-0
2006535Cytomegalovirus Quant by PCR, Log IU/mL72494-8
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