Ordering Recommendation

Detect 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




2-5 days

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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
CPT Codes


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0050103 Cytomegalovirus Source 31208-2
0060040 Cytomegalovirus by Qualitative PCR 5000-5
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Cytomegalovirus by Qualitative PCR