At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
If your doctor suspects you presently have, or recently had, a cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection or if it is important to know if you have ever had a CMV infection – such as prior to receiving an organ transplant
When to Get Tested?
When a young adult, a pregnant female, or an immune-compromised patient has typical symptoms that suggest a CMV infection (tiredness, fever, jaundice); when a newborn has multiple congenital anomalies, unexplained jaundice or anaemia, and/or when an infant has seizures or developmental problems that may be due to CMV
A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm for CMV antibody testing; to detect the virus itself, sample may be blood, urine, or sputum, amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), duodenal fluid, or other body tissue
Test Preparation Needed?
No test preparation is needed.