Cytomegalovirus. A virus that may be carried in an inactive state for life by healthy individuals. It is a cause of severe pneumonia in people with a suppressed immune system, such as those undergoing bone marrow transplantation or those with leukemia or lymphoma.


... Why get tested?
If your doctor suspects you presently have or had in the past a CMV infection, or in a clinical situation where it is important to know your CMV status, such as before surgery or organ transplant

When to get tested?
If a young adult, a pregnant female, or an immune-compromised patient has flu-like symptoms that suggest a CMV infection; if a newborn has multiple congenital anomalies, unexplained jaundice or anemia, and/or if an infant has seizures or developmental problems that may be due to CMV

Sample required?
A blood sample is drawn from a vein in your arm for CMV antibody testing. To detect the virus itself, the sample may be blood, urine, or sputum, amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, duodenal (from the intestines) fluid, or other body tissue.
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