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Synonyms Cytomegalovirus quantitative PCR
Description Quantitation of CMV viral load in plasma by Real-Time PCR
Specimen Requirements 
Container Lavender (EDTA) collection tube
Specimen Type Plasma
Preferred Collection Volume 1 mL
Minimum Collection Volume 0.6 mL
Collection Instructions Separate plasma from whole blood within 36 hours of collection for samples stored at 2°C to 8°C or within 24 hours of collection for samples stored at temperatures up to 25°C. For separation centrifuge at 800-1600 x g for 20 minutes at room temperature. Transfer plasma to a sterile polypropylene tube.
Specimen Handling Store and transport whole blood at 2°C to 8°C for no longer than 36 hours and up to 25°C for no longer than 24 hours. Plasma must be transported at 2°C to 8°C or frozen at ≤-20°C.
Rejection Criteria Whole blood sample, heparinized samples, plasma not separated within specified time limits.
Methodology Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction.
Reference Range No CMV detected. Limit of Detection: ≥ 91 IU/mL. Quantitation Range: 137 to 9,100,000 IU/mL
CPT Code(s) 87497
Department Molecular Diagnostics
Contact Information Lab (214) 648-0960
Turn Around Time1 -3 days after receipt in Molecular Diagnostics Lab.
Performed Monday - Friday
Performed by Molecular Diagnostics
Updated/Reviewed 12/07/2016