Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the group of herpesviruses. A common feature of this family of viruses is their ability to persist in the human body in a latent state for long periods of time. Consequently, if a woman suffers a primary infection of CMV, there is a considerable risk that the fetus is also infected, whilst there is no substantial risk in case a newborn is infected (postnatally).
ATTENTION: For prenatal testing, the optimal period for the detection of CMV, through an amniotic fluid sample, is during the 20th to 23rd week of gestation.
A special polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is applied, detecting the presence of viral DNA.
SPECIMEN:Serum or amniotic fluid sample.
SHIPMENT: Samples may be stored at 4°C and shipped as soon as possible.
SAMPLING AND SHIPMENT INSTRUCTIONS