Urinary Cytomegalovirus (CMV) PCR




  • This investigation is usually used to detect congenital Cytomegalovirus infection. 
  • The specimen must be collected from the baby within 10 days of delivery
  • For other indications please discuss with a Consultant Microbiologist

Sample requirements


A minimum of 1ml of urine in a

30ml sterile universal container


30 mL sterile Universal

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details:
  • For suspected neonatal infection - history of maternal CMV infection and mother's name and hospital number


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a National Reference Centre

7 days

Page last reviewed: 25/11/2013