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CYTOMEGALOVIRUS ISOLATION

Synonym(s):

​Cytomegalovirus Culture, CMV Isolation, CMV Culture     

Lab Section Category

Description

Indications

Specimen Required

​6 mL unclotted blood in EDTA tube for all clinical presentations, except congenital infections and gastroenteritis

Urine for all clinical presentations

Saliva, sputum, nasopharyngeal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage for pneumonia

Saliva and urine for congenital infections

Intestinal biopsy for gastroenteritis

Other biopsy samples (e.g. lymph node, liver)

Uterine curetting

Send samples (except blood, urine & CSF) in Virus Transport Medium.
(See also Virology Section, General Guidelines for Virus Isolation & Collection Methods for Virus Isolation by Sample Type)

Storage and Transport

​Refrigerate samples until transport to laboratory. Do not freeze.

Send samples on ice pack to laboratory.

Method

​Tissue culture

Test Results

​Reported as Positive or Negative

Reference Interval / Value

Turnaround Time

​Positive report : 2 days – 3 weeks
Negative report : 21 days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Monday – Saturday

Remarks

Change History Notes

Others

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