CMVQU - Specimen: Cytomegalovirus DNA Detection and Quantification, Plasma

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: CMVQU    
Cytomegalovirus DNA Detection and Quantification, Plasma

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.


Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Plasma EDTA

Shipping Instructions

1. Freeze plasma specimen immediately, and ship specimen frozen on dry ice.

2. If shipment will be delayed for more than 7 days, freeze plasma specimen at -70 degrees C (up to 42 days) until shipment on dry ice.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Collection Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1.2 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Spin down and remove plasma from cells within 36 hours of collection (unspun samples should be stored at 2-8 degrees C).

2. Freeze plasma specimen immediately.


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) (

General Request Form (T239) (

Specimen Minimum Volume The amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Laboratory.

0.7 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross OK




Green-top (heparin) tube, PPT, ACD plasma, serum

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperatures are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Plasma EDTAFrozen (preferred)42 days
 Refrigerated 7 days