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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

CMV qualitative PCR

Background

* Not Health Canada approved

Test Name

CMV qualitative PCR

Alternate Name/ Synonym

Cytomegalovirus

Gene Name

DNA polymerase

Test Code

CMVPC, CMVUPC

Division

Molecular Microbiology - Viral

Method

Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

College of American Pathologists

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days

Disease/Condition

  • Neonatal or congenital CMV infection
  • CMV infection

Specimen Type

  • CSF
  • Urine
  • Tissue or biopsy
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • CSF 300 ul per 1 test, for multiple tests please ensure adequate sample volume is submitted.
  • Urine - 1 mL minimum for 1 test, 2-3 mL recommended for multiple tests.
  • Sterile screw top container for tissues, biopsies, respiratory specimens

Storage/Transportation

  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice.
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212