Ordering Recommendation

Use to detect cytomegalovirus; does not quantify viral load. Potentially useful for specimen types other than blood. Cytomegalovirus by Quantitative NAAT, Plasma (3005895) is the preferred test for blood specimens.




Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction




1-3 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, tissues in optimal cutting temperature compound.


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

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

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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