CMV Quantitative PCR

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This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by CompuNet Clinical Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary. This test is used for clinical purposes. It should not be considered as investigational or for research. This laboratory is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) as qualified to perform high-complexity testing.

Test Code

Alias/See Also
Cytomegalovirus DNA,
QN Real Time PCR

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
2 mL plasma K2EDTA (lavender top tube).
This test is for both inpatient and outpatient blood and plasma specimens.

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL plasma
0.5 mL whole blood
5 mL Urine

Centrifuge the tube for at least 10 minutes. Transfer plasma to a completely labeled plastic transport tube within 6 hours of collection. Freeze plasma pour off. 

NOTE: For pediatric collection please submit whole blood testing.  (It is not necessary to collect plasma fromt he pediatric tube)

Transport Container
K2EDTA (Lavender-top) tube, Sterile plastic pour off tube

Transport Temperature
Plasma = Frozen or refrigerated
Whole Blood = Refrigerated

Specimen Stability
      Room Temperature = unacceptable
      Refrigerated = 8 hours (24 hrs after first thaw)
      Frozen = 5 days
Whole Blood
      Room Temperature = 12 hours
      Refrigerated = 5 days
      Frozen = unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Rejected for hemolysis, Plasma if received at room temperature and whole blood if received frozen.

Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for the amplification of a well conserved region of CMV UL83 Gene.

Setup Schedule
Monday - Sunday

Report Available
36 Hours

Performing Laboratory
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, LLC
2308 Sandridge Drive
Moraine, OH 45439

Last Updated: August 4, 2022

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.