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Laboratory Test Reference Guide

Laboratory Information

Test Name



CMV nucleic acid
Cytomegalovirus PCR

Specimen Collection

Pre Testing Requirements

Requires dedicated EDTA specimens (no other tests requested).

Specimen Collection and Transport Protocols

Do not use serum. Do not use heparin.

Adult Specimen

Two EDTA tubes will ensure sufficient plasma for quantitative testing if required.

Paediatric Specimen

1mL EDTA blood

Instructions for Referral to Waikato Lab

Aliquot Instructions

Centrifuge EDTA tube within 24 hours of collection and separate.

Aliquot Transport

Transport at 2 - 8 C if transport time from collection is less than 72 hours. Transport frozen if more than 72 hours.

Test Information


Molecular Biology

Test Availability

Mon - Fri, 0800 - 1630 excl. Public Holidays

Laboratory Turnaround Time

As required and twice weekly


Real time PCR

Minimum Volume

500uL plasma