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Test Number:
  • 6254
Test Alias:
  • CMV
Preferred Specimen:
  • Whole Blood
Container Type:
  • EDTA/Lavender Top
Alternative Specimen:
  • Plasma from a EDTA/Lavender Top
  • 1 mL
Collection Instructions:
  • Whole blood: Collect whole blood in sterile tubes containing EDTA or ACD as anticoagulant. Store refrigerated. Do not freeze whole blood.

    Plasma: Collect blood in sterile tubes containing EDTA or ACD as anticoagulant or in Plasma Preparation Tubes (PPT). Store collected whole blood at room temperature and separate plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer plasma to sterile, plastic, screw-capped tubes and store refrigerated or frozen. If blood is collected in a PPT tube, centrifuge within 2 hours of collection and store refrigerated or frozen. It is not necessary to transfer the plasma from a PPT tube to aliquot tubes.

Transport Temperature:
  • Refridgerated
Specimen Stability:
  • Whole Blood:

  • Room temperature: 2 days
  • Refridgerated: 8 days
  • Frozen: 30 days (DO NOT FREEZE WHOLE BLOOD)


  • Room Temperature: 48 hours
  • Refrigerated: 8 days
  • Frozen: 30 days

  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
CPT Code:
  • 87496
Reject Criteria:
  • Heparinized specimens • Unspun PPT • Whole blood received frozen
Reference Range:
  • Not detected
Report Available:
  • 6 days

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