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CMV Saliva PCR



Nucleic acid amplification assay for the detection of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA extracted from neonatal saliva swabs.

The assay used detects a specific target in the exon 4 region of the CMV MIEA gene (major immediate early antigen.)


Diagnosis of congenital CMV infection in new-borns.


CMV is a double stranded DNA virus of the Herpesvirus family. Congenital CMV infection is the leading infectious disease cause of hearing loss in babies.


Buccal/saliva swab in viral transport media

Specimen Container

Copan or Virocult swab

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Please contact the laboratory to discuss any urgent requests.


Processed locally in Microbiology at RDUH

Processing Time

5 days


CMV will be reported as follows:

CMV Not detected
CMV Detected at low level
CMV Detected


ELITech ELITe InGenius

PLEASE NOTE: This Test/procedure is not currently included in the defined scope of the laboratory’s UKAS Accreditation, (ISO15189) schedule.

This test has passed internal laboratory verification and been reviewed clinically prior to being brought into use.

Useful Links

For Patients

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) – Lab Tests Online UK

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) – NHS

For Healthcare Professionals

Cytomegalovirus – Patient.info


Specimen Labelling Procedure
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