CMV Determination from Buccal Swabs
For healthy people, the infection with the common herpes virus CMV (Cytomegalovirus) infection is harmless, has no or very few symptoms, and therefore does not require treatment. For patients with a weakened immune system, however, an infection with this virus can have life-threatening consequences. Determining the CMV status is therefore essential to prevent an outbreak of CMV and gives the patient the best possible chance of a successful stem cell transplant. If there is not only one but several possible donors for a patient, the same CMV status is therefore an additional criterion for donor selection.
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