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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Formal name: Cytomegalovirus Antibody, IgG and IgM; Cytomegalovirus by PCR
Related tests: Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV or chickenpox), Antibody Tests, TORCH

Why should I do it?
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 should I do it?
When a young adult, a pregnant woman, or an immune-compromised person has flu-like symptoms that suggest a CMV infection; when a newborn has multiple congenital abnormalities, unexplained jaundice or anemia, and/or when an infant has seizures or developmental problems that may be due to CMV; prior to receiving an organ transplant

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm for CMV antibody testing; to detect the virus itself, the sample may be blood, urine, sputum, amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, duodenal fluid, or other body tissue

Test Preparation Needed?
None