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CMV, EBV, HHV 6 by PCR - Body Fluid

Alternate test name

Cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr virus, Human herpesvirus, PTLD

Gene name / Alternate gene name

DNA polymerase

Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Specimen type
  • Sterile body fluids
  • Bronchoscopic alveolar lavage (BAL)
Specimen requirements
  • minimum 300 ul per test.  For multiple tests, please ensure adequate sample volume for each additional test is submitted.
  • send in sterile screw top containers.


Storage and 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
Background and clinical significance


Disease condition


  • Neonatal infection
  • Disseminated disease
  • retinitis


  • Reactivation disease
  • Disseminated infection
  • PTLD


  • Disseminated infection
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