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The CMV test is used specifically to detect cytomegalovirus (CMV) in patients. CMV is the most common congenital infection. Virus culture is the most definitive method of dignosis. However, a culture cannot differentiate an acute infection from a chronic, inactive infection. Therefore, serology serves to provide much more information about the activity of the infection. , 
- Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, belongs to the viral family that includes herpes simplex, Epstein-Barr, and varicella-zoster viruses.
- This infection usually can occur in the fetus, during early childhood, and in the young adult
- Infections can be acquired through contact with body secretions or urine
- There is no specific therapy for this infection
- No fasting required.
High levels indicate:
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Pagana Kathleen D, Pagana Timothy J (2006) Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, Mosby.
- Weatherby Dicken, Ferguson Scott (2002) Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis: Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective, Bear Mountain.