Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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CYTOMEGALOVIRUS DNA, QUALITATIVE REAL-TIME PCR

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB1212         Geisinger Epic ID: 52773

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Whole blood, plasma, serum, CSF, amniotic fluid supernatant, bronchoalveolar lavage, or random urine (preferred) or frozen fresh tissue or eye fluid (alternative)
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
Sterile specimen container
Specimen required:
1 mL whole blood, plasma, serum, CSF, amniotic fluid supernatant, bronchoalveolar lavage, or random urine; minimum 0.5 mL
Special notes:
Blood collected in tubes with heparin anticoagulant are not accepted for this test.

Plasma: Collect blood in sterile tubes containing EDTA as anticoagulant. 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.

Whole blood: Collect whole blood in sterile tubes containing EDTA as anticoagulant. Store refrigerated. Do not freeze whole blood.

Serum, CSF, Amniotic Fluid, urine, and bronchoaveolar lavage: Collect in a sterile container and store refrigerated or frozen.

Fresh (unfixed) tissue: Collect in a sterile container and store frozen.

Eye fluid specimens: Call lab.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Fresh tissue: Frozen.
All other sample types: Refrigerated (cold packs).
Specimen stability:
Whole blood: Room temperature: 48 hours. Refrigerated: 8 days. Frozen: Unacceptable.
All other sample types: Room temperature: 48 hours. Refrigerated: 8 days. Frozen: 30 days.
Rejection criteria:
Heparinized specimens.

TEST DETAILS
Additional information:
This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by FDA. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.
CPT code(s):
87496
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Methodology:
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Synonyms:
Quest test code 10601, Cmv DNA PCR
Clinical significance:
In patients who are immunocompromised, CMV may cause disseminated, severe disease. CMV is also the most common cause of congenital viral infection in humans. Quantitative PCR methods may be useful in monitoring CMV replication in immunosuppressed patients or in determining the viral load of CMV in amniotic fluid.

Performing Locations

Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Set up: Daily a.m.; Report available: Next day    
Performed stat? No
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