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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Quantitative PCR 

Test Mnemonic CMV-quant PCR
Detection CMV Viral Load
Methodology Real-time PCR, FRET by Roche Diagnostics LightCycler
Service  Monday - Friday.
Turn Around Time 7 days.
Collection Tubes EDTA (lavender top) or ACD (yellow-top) 

Note: Heparinized samples cannot be used.

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood (min. 2 mL) /CSF 250 microliter/Amniotic fluid 205 microliter/Tissue 2-3 punch biopsies

Special Instructions:  Store and transport at room temperature; Specimen must be received within 48 hours of collection; Plasma may be stored frozen at -20°C for 72 hours or -80°C indefinitely. 

Please complete the Diagnostic Service Request Form (shown below) and forward it with the specimen.

Rejection Criteria:  Heparinized specimen.  Plasma left on cells for >3 hours.

Reference Range Copy numbers
Contact tel: 410-706-0513; fax: 410-706-8623



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