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The CMV - PCR Quantitative test is a laboratory procedure used to detect and measure the amount of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA in a blood sample. CMV is a common virus that usually causes few or no symptoms in healthy individuals but can cause severe illness in people with weak immune systems, such as organ transplant recipients, people with HIV, or infants infected before birth.
|CMV - PCR Quantitative
|Amniotic Fluid/ Urine/ CSF/ Saliva/ EDTA plasma/Others
|No special preparation is needed before this test. It's important to follow the instructions provided by the healthcare center or laboratory regarding the blood sample collection.
|Price in Hyderabad
What is the CMV - PCR Quantitative test?
The CMV - PCR Quantitative test is a diagnostic test that measures the amount of CMV DNA in a blood sample, which indicates the severity of an active CMV infection.
Who might need this test?
This test is often recommended for people with weakened immune systems, such as organ transplant recipients, individuals with HIV/AIDS, or patients undergoing chemotherapy. It may also be used for newborns suspected of having a congenital CMV infection.
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How is this test done?
This test requires a blood sample, which is drawn from a vein in your arm. The sample is then analyzed in the laboratory using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique to identify and measure the amount of CMV DNA.
What does a positive result mean?
A positive result indicates the presence and quantity of CMV DNA in the blood, suggesting an active CMV infection.
Can the test results be affected by any factors?
The results might be affected by the timing of the sample collection, the quality of the sample, and any potential laboratory errors.
What should I do if my test result is positive?
If your result is positive, consult with an infectious disease specialist for appropriate treatment and management strategies.
How often should this test be done?
The frequency of testing depends on your overall health and the progression of the infection. Your doctor may recommend regular testing to monitor the effectiveness of antiviral treatment.
What is the treatment for an active CMV infection?
Treatment typically includes antiviral medications to control the virus. The specific course of treatment will depend on your overall health and the severity of the infection.
Can this test monitor the effectiveness of my treatment?
Yes, the CMV - PCR Quantitative test can be used to monitor the effectiveness of antiviral treatment by comparing the levels of CMV DNA over time.
Can the CMV - PCR Quantitative test detect other infections?
No, this test specifically detects and measures CMV. However, similar PCR tests can be used to identify other viral infections.
What are the risks of the test?
The risks associated with this test are minimal and similar to those of a regular blood draw, such as bruising, bleeding, or infection at the puncture site.
What type of doctor should I see if I have abnormal results?
You should consult an infectious disease specialist if your test results are abnormal.
How should I prepare for this test?
No special preparations are necessary for this test.
What are the normal values for this test?
As this is a quantitative test, normal values are typically reported as "undetectable" or "not detected." However, the reference range may vary among laboratories, and the specific number can depend on the method used by the lab.
Can a healthy person have detectable levels of CMV DNA in the blood?
Most healthy people have a dormant or latent CMV infection, which does not usually cause detectable levels of CMV DNA in the blood. If levels are detected, it may indicate an active CMV infection.
What precautions should I take after testing positive for CMV?
To avoid transmitting CMV to others, you should practice good hygiene, such as regular handwashing, especially before meals and after using the toilet. Avoid sharing personal items like utensils, towels, and toothbrushes. Consult with your doctor for specific guidance.
Can I prevent a CMV infection?
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent CMV infection. The best way to prevent infection is through practicing good hygiene, like regular hand washing, and using protection during sexual activity.
Can this test diagnose a CMV infection in newborns?
Yes, this test can diagnose congenital CMV infection in newborns. However, additional tests may be necessary to assess the extent of the infection and the potential impact on the infant's health.
Is the test covered by insurance?
Coverage depends on your specific insurance plan. It's recommended to consult with your insurance provider for detailed information about coverage.
Can the test be done at a regular medical laboratory?
Yes, this test can be performed at any medical laboratory equipped to perform PCR testing.
The CMV - PCR Quantitative test provides valuable insights into the presence and severity of a CMV infection. This information helps guide appropriate treatment strategies and monitor their effectiveness, ultimately contributing to better patient outcomes.
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