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Cytomegalovirus culture

Item Value
Approval req'd? Yes, for testing on urine samples on patients > 3 weeks old. Contact the Microbiology Lab at 353-1268
Available Stat? No
Utilization Guidelines Urine culture for CMV is only appropriate for newborns up to 3 weeks to attempt to document congenital infection as opposed to infection acquired during delivery which becomes urine positive after3-4 weeks postpartum
Test code P320
Test group CMV
Performed by Microbiology
In House Availability Set up daily.
Method Shell vial culture
Container type Urine cup, sterile container
Amount to Collect See preferred volumes
Sample type BAL, bronchial brush, unfixed tissue biopsy, random urine

Note: Order PCR on amniotic fluid, pericardial fluid, vitreous fluid, CSF, and blood as PCR is more sensitive. Order Cytomegalovirus Genotyping on blood if susceptibility testing is indicated
Preferred volume
BAL 10-20 mL
Tissue biopsy 2 cubic mm
Urine 10-20 mL
Body fluid 5-10 mL
Min. Volume
Tissue biopsy 2 cubic mm
BAL, Urine, Body Fluid 5 mL
UCSF Rejection Criteria Unsuitable sample types
Normal range Negative
Synonyms Viral culture; CMV; CID; CMV inclusion disease
Stability Room temperature 6 hours, refrigerated 24 hours.
Turn around times 1-2 days
Additional information Urine is acceptable only on infants up to 3 weeks old.

Note: Order PCR on amniotic fluid, pericardial fluid, vitreous fluid, CSF, and blood as PCR is more sensitive.

Order Cytomegalovirus Genotyping on blood if susceptibility testing is indicated
CPT coding 87254
LOINC code 43701-2
Last Updated 10/24/2013 10:39:55 AM
Entry Number 239

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667

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