At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
If your health practitioner suspects that you presently have, or recently had, a cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection or if it is important to know if you have ever had a CMV infection, such as prior to receiving an organ transplant
When to Get Tested?
When a young adult, a pregnant woman, or an immune-compromised person has flu-like symptoms that suggest a CMV infection; when a newborn has multiple congenital abnormalities, unexplained jaundice or anemia, and/or when an infant has seizures or developmental problems that may be due to CMV; prior to receiving an organ transplant
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm for CMV antibody testing; to detect the virus itself, the sample may be blood, urine, sputum, amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, duodenal fluid, or other body tissue
Test Preparation Needed?