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.
Blood collected in tubes with heparin anticoagulant are not
accepted for this test.
Plasma: Collect blood in sterile tubes containing EDTA or ACD as
anticoagulant or in Plasma Preparation Tubes (PPTs). 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.
Whole blood: Collect whole blood in sterile tubes containing EDTA or
ACD as anticoagulant. Store refrigerated. Do not freeze whole blood.
CSF, amniotic fluid, urine and tissue: Collect in a sterile container
and store refrigerated or frozen.
Reported (Analytical Time)
The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party.
Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.