|Alternate:||CMV titers; CMV IGG &IGM; Cytomegalovirus antibodies|
|Includes:||An immunofluorescent test that detects IgG and IgM antibodies to cytomegalovirus.|
|Available:||Test batched and performed once per week|
|Turnaround:||1 - 6 days|
|Volume:||0.5 mL Blood
Minimum requirement - 60 ul serum
|Container:||Red top tube|
|Normal:||IgM titer <8 indicates no antibody detected. IgM titer >or =8 usually indicates a current or ongoing infection. IgG titer <16 indicates no antibody detected. IgG titer of > or =256 usually indicates a current infection.|
|Uses:||Aids in the diagnosis of a CMV infection.|
|Limitations:||A negative titer does not necessarily rule out CMV infection.
If indicated test a convalescent specimen 4 to 6 weeks later to see if there is a fourfold rise in titers signifying a recent infection.
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