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What are the tests for CMV encephalitis?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: PCR testing.

The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes.
These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses.

In brief: PCR testing.

The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes.
These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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