Mobile Site ›

Understanding Viral Load Assays for Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr Virus


Receive notification when new Hot Topics are published:


Slide 31

March 2010

To summarize:

  • Viral load assays are an important tool in successful management of transplant patients.
  • Treatment strategies can include prophylaxis, or monitoring with preemptive therapy.
  • Although test results, and therefore decision points, are not comparable among laboratories, concepts relating to viral load changes may be transferable.
  • In general, lower viral loads indicate a lower risk of disease, whereas a trend of increasing or high viral loads may indicate a higher risk for disease.
  • Finally, as with most treatment modalities that rely heavily on the laboratory, good communication between care providers and laboratorians is essential.



Jump to section: