Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
See Collection Instructions
Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano
0.5-1 mL CSF, Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL), Eye Fluids or Random Urine
Whole blood collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) or ACD Solution B (yellow-top) tube or Serum collected in a (red-top) tube or serum separator tube (SST) or 3 mm fresh (unfixed) tissue is also acceptable.
Room Temp=48 Hours; Refrigerated=8 Days; Frozen=30 Days (Unacceptable for Whole Blood)
Indicate source in comments, on specimen and on batch sheet. Separate serum from cells within 2 hours of collection.
For plasma, refer to CMV DNA, Qualitative, PCR (LAB00344) done in-house.