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What are the tests for CMV brain infection?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: Viral cultures, etc

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: Viral cultures, etc

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.
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