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2627: Cytomegalovirus, Conventional And Rapid Culture Print View
Specimen Source:      
CMV Rapid Culture      
CMV Conventional Culture      

1 Urine 3 (1) mL   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Urine Clean Catch   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Tracheal Aspirate   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Tissue Biopsy   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Throat lavage/wash   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Semen   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Saliva   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Nasopharyngeal Lavage/Was   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Fluid Body   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  CSF 3 (1) mL   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Bronchial Lavage/Wash   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Bone Marrow Heparinized   Refrigerated - 72 Hour(s)  
  Universal Transport Media   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  
  VCM Medium   Refrigerated - 4 Day(s)  

CMV infections are common and usually asymptomatic. In patients who are immunocompromised, CMV may casuse disseminated, severe disease. CMV may cause birth defects in a minority of newborns. Rapid culture provides results quickly in order to initiate therapy but may be negative in certain circumstances. Conventional culture may take more than 3 weeks.

To maintain optimun viability, place swab or fluid into VCM (equal
volume or fluid and VCM) or equivalent and transport the specimen to
the laboratory as soon as possible. Best recovery is obtained when the
specimens are refrigerated at 2-8 C or kept on wet ice following
collection and while in transit. If there will be a long delay before
processing, specimens, in VCM or equivalent should be frozen at -70 C
or colder and transported on dry ice. Storage or transport at -20 C is
not acceptable. Raw (unpreserved) samples should only be refrigerated
and not frozen.
Setup Schedule

Reported (Analytical Time)
4-23 days

CPT Codes

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.

Reject Criteria: dry swabs, formalin or other fixatives any specimen), gel based transport systems, nucleic acid transport systems, slides, stool specimen, whole blood, serum, plasma, wooden shaft, alginate swabs, autopsy samples

Methodology: Rapid Culture, Conventional Culture, Immunofluorescent stain

Transport Temperature Specimen in VCM Preferred - Frozen at -70 degree C (Dry Ice) Acceptable - Refrigerated (Cold Packs) Specimens in sterile containers including bone marrow in heparin (refrigerated: cold packs, wet ice) only.

Specimen Stability For specimen received in V-C-M- medium (green-cap) Tube or equivalent (UTM);
Room temp: unacceptable
Refrigerated: 4 days
Frozen (-20C): unacceptable
Frozen (-70C): 30 days For specimens received in sterile leak-proof container
Room temp: unacceptable
Refrigerated: 72 hours
Frozen (-20 C): unacceptable
Frozen (-70 C): unacceptable

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