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Test Code Sal CMV Neo Neonatal CMV Saliva Screen

Important Note

This test is for newborns with concern for congenital CMV – e.g. who failed hearing test, <=30 days of age only.

Biohazard Infectious

Clinical System Name

Neonatal CMV Saliva Screen


This test is for the detection of CMV in saliva. This test is used to quickly and effectively detect congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, a major cause of hearing loss in children.


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA is detected via nucleic acid amplification.



Sample Requirements

Specimen: Saliva

Container: Puritan Cap-Shure Sterile Flocked Collection Device with Aerated Tip Protector (Ref#25-3206-U EC)

Collection: Saturate swab with saliva. Avoid scraping mucosal cells. Collect saliva at least 1 hour after finishing breastfeeding.
Preferred Vol: N/A

Minimum Vol: N/A


Please call Microbiology Lab (206-987-2585) for Puritan Cap-Shure Sterile Flocked Collection Device


Processing Instructions

CPA: Send sample to Microbiology.  


Off-site collection: Freeze and send frozen sample to SCH Microbiology Laboratory.


Reject due to: Specimen from patients >30 days of age. Specimen collected on ESwab, Specimen in UTM.


Specimen Temp Time
Saliva Room Temp 24 hours
  Refrigerated 4C 7 days
  Frozen -20C 30 days



Procedure Performed Turn Around Time (TAT)
PCR Mon-Fri @ 9am; Saturday @ 7am

24 - 72 hours


Test is not available STAT.

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory



Microbiology Laboratory

CPT Codes



Reporting Information

Final Report: 24-72 hours