Cytomegalovirus Rapid Culture
0065004
Ordering Recommendation
Aids in diagnosis of active cytomegalovirus infection. Molecular testing is generally preferred.
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Mnemonic
V CMVC
Methodology
Cell Culture/Immunofluorescence
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA). OR bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), throat swab, tissue, or urine.  
Specimen Preparation
Blood: Transport 5 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)
Fluid specimen
: Transfer specimen to a sterile container. Transfer 2 mL fluid to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL). Also acceptable: Transfer to viral transport media (ARUP supply #12884). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
Swab or tissue
: Place in viral transport media.
Place each specimen in an individually sealed bag.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
CSF, rectal swab, or stool. Whole blood in viral transport media. Calcium alginate, eSwab, dry, or wood swabs.  
Remarks
Specimen source preferred.  
Stability
Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable.  
Reference Interval
Culture negative for CMV by early antigen test.
Interpretive Data
Note
Cytomegalovirus by PCR is a more sensitive method for the detection of CMV viremia and central nervous system infections, especially in the immunocompromised patient. Please refer to Cytomegalovirus by PCR, Whole Blood or Bone Marrow (ARUP test code 0060031) for whole blood or bone marrow specimens or Cytomegalovirus by PCR (ARUP test code 0060040) for CSF specimens.
CPT Code(s)
87254
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0065004Culture, Cytomegalovirus Rapid
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Cross References
  • CMV Culture
  • Culture, CMV