In the immunosuppressed patients the pp65 antigenemia assay has demonstrated a high diagnostic efficacy for CMV detection in peripheral blood. However because the antigenemia not always correlates with a replicative viral load, it is necessary to routinely perform culture of the blood in a cell culture system, preferently by the shell-vial method, because this system allows to make the diagnosis of CMV infection in a short period of time.
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