Comparison of two methods for the detection of cytomegalovirus

M. J. Liy-Auyon, C. E. Stager, James R. Davis

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Heparinized blood or bone marrow specimens were processed by the Plasmagel (Cellular Products, Inc, Buffalo, NY) and simple gravity sedimentation (SGS) methods and compared for the detection of cytomegalovirus (CMV) for a 10- month period. Fifteen (8.6%) of 174 specimens were positive for CMV. Three specimens were positive with both the Plasmagel and SGS methods, 11 specimens were positive with the Plasmagel method only, and 1 specimen was positive with the SGS method only. The Plasmagel method yielded a significantly higher rate (P<.01) of CMV detection than the SGS method. The Plasmagel method cost 12 cents more per specimen and was accomplished in 75 minutes, whereas the SGS method required an overnight incubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-333
Number of pages3
JournalLaboratory Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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