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Cytomegalovirus viral load (Molecular Microbiology)

General information

Collection container (including preservatives): CE marked leak proof container, EDTA blood tube or Guthrie Card

Specimen type: Urine, EDTA blood

culture B

Specimen transport: Ambient or refrigerated

Minimum volume of sample: Minimum volume 500┬Ál

Special precautions: None known

Laboratory information

Measurement units: IU/mL

Biological reference units: Not applicable

Turn round time for provisional result (working days): 2 days

Turn round time to final result (working days): 3 days

Turnaround time: The results of all tests will be available within 3 working days after receipt of the specimen in the laboratory, and usually within 24 hours.

Clinical information

Clinical decision points: Not applicable.

Factors known to significantly affect the results: False negative results may occur for a variety of reasons, for example inappropriate timing of sample collection, inappropriate sample, presence of virus below the detectable limit of the assay. New and emerging variants may also occur which may not be detected by this assay. Towards the limit of detection of an assay sampling variation will result in lower reproducibility.


(Last reviewed October 24th 2017)