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Formal name: Cytomegalovirus

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

Sample Required?

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.