CYTOMEGALOVIRUS IgM- CMV
Pre-test preparation or requirements
• Sample can be drawn at any time. No fasting or special preparation required.
• Sample should taken in plain vial.
Significance of test
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a member of the herpes group of viruses. Most adults and children who catch CMV have no symptoms and are not harmed by the virus. CMV infection is of clinical significance primarily in pregnant women, newborn infants with possible congenital infection, immunosuppressed transplant patients and individuals with AIDS. CMV is so prevalent as over 60% of people catch the infection at some time in their lives. Significant increases in CMV IgG antibody by ELISA suggest recent infection or reactivation of latent CMV infections (93-100%) and in reactivated infection (40%). An IgM response may be reduced or absent in immunocompromised patients with active infection. In transplant patients the CMV infection can be associated with higher morbidity and mortality.