Result: CMV DNA NOT DETECTED LOG: --
Result: CMV DNA DETECTED, ______ Copies /ml LOG: ___
Result: CMV DNA DETECTED,
Detection test limit: 100 Copies / ml
The quantification of CMV by real-time PCR shows the usefulness of this test in the monitoring of changes in CMV DNA levels. This technique may be the best alternative for the diagnosis of infection, for predicting diseases and for monitoring the effectiveness of antiviral treatment.
It is important to note that monitoring a patient's viral load should be done with the same methodology and by the same laboratory. This guarantees uniformity and reliability in the results taking into account that the use of different techniques complicates the interpretation of the results. On the other hand, viral load levels may not always be comparable between the different techniques since there may be variations due to other factors such as differences in samples, nucleic acid extraction methods, primers, patterns and detection methods.
It is recommended that absolute values of viral load obtained by genomic amplification procedures be interpreted as any value within a range of 0.5 log (± 300 times) of the value obtained.