Cytomegalovirus - CMV

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is generally asymptomatic in immunocompetent children and adults, but is a potentially significant disease in immunocompromised hosts, neonates, and pregnant females. The approach to laboratory testing depends upon whether the patient is immunocompetent or immunocompromised. Serology is used in immunocompetent persons, but is not helpful in immunocompromised patients. For these patients, PCR and culture (gold standard) are more helpful.

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Last Update: March 2018