Test Catalog

Test ID: FCYTG    
Cytomegalovirus IgG Avidity

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Discrimination between recent (primary) and past cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection can be an important tool in the clinical management of pregnant women. Although nearly all individuals with recent CMV infection are positive for CMV IgM, individuals with past CMV may also express CMV IgM due to long-term IgM persistence or viral reactivation; thus, detection of CMV IgM is not a reliable indicator of recent CMV infection. Measurement of CMV IgG avidity can assist in discriminating recent from past CMV infection. A low avidity index is a reliable indicator of CMV infection within the previous 6 months, a high avidity index essentially excludes the possibility that infection occurred within the previous 4 months. Avidity index values should be considered within the context of other laboratory findings and clinical signs.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

> 0.70

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

< 0.60  Low Avidity Index

0.60 - 0.70  Intermediate Avidity Index

> 0.70  High Avidity Index