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How is CMV diagnosed?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Viral culture

Antibody testing for CMV is not useful.
The only way to really diagnose CMV infection is to detect it in bodily fluids by viral culture.

In brief: Viral culture

Antibody testing for CMV is not useful.
The only way to really diagnose CMV infection is to detect it in bodily fluids by viral culture.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: PCR test

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is the most widely used for detecting CMV infection/viremia (the presence of the virus in the blood).
Viral culture takes too long for it to be clinically useful and the antibody (CMV IgG) only indicates if the person had a past exposure.

In brief: PCR test

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is the most widely used for detecting CMV infection/viremia (the presence of the virus in the blood).
Viral culture takes too long for it to be clinically useful and the antibody (CMV IgG) only indicates if the person had a past exposure.
Dr. W. James Chon
Dr. W. James Chon
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Culture or PCR

In addition to taking a sample and incubating it with cells (a viral culture test), a very sensitive blood test (cmv pcr) can also be performed.

In brief: Culture or PCR

In addition to taking a sample and incubating it with cells (a viral culture test), a very sensitive blood test (cmv pcr) can also be performed.
Dr. Scott Diede
Dr. Scott Diede
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