Ordering Recommendation

Use to detect cytomegalovirus; does not quantify viral load. If submitting plasma, refer to Cytomegalovirus by Quantitative NAAT, Plasma (3005895).

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Bone marrow aspirate in lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA), amniotic fluid, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), CSF, ocular fluid, tissue, urine, or dried blood spot (DBS).

Specimen Preparation

Transfer 1 mL 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

Dried Blood Spot: Room temperature.
All others:

Unacceptable Conditions

Heparinized specimens, tissues in optimal cutting temperature compound.
Saliva (Refer to ARUP test code 2008555, CMVPCR SAL.)


Specimen source is required.


Bone Marrow: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 week
Dried Blood Spot: Ambient: 90 days; Refrigerated: 8 days; Frozen: 8 days
Tissue: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: 3 months
All others: Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 3 months


Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)




1-3 days

Reference Interval

Interpretive Data

Compliance Category

Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR)


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