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Table 2 Results of CMV quantitative PCR in patients with and without CMV disease

From: CMV quantitative PCR in the diagnosis of CMV disease in patients with HIV-infection – a retrospective autopsy based study

Results of CMV PCR assay Number of patients
  with CMV disease without CMV disease
  N = 53 N = 72
Viral load (CMV DNA copies/mL) (last samples)   
Below limit of detection 28 64
   Viraemiaa 25 8
≤1 999 9 5
2 000–9 999 7 3
≥10 000 9 0
CMV DNA detectiona by no. of tested samples before diagnosis   
   One sample 24 17
Not detected in any sample 13 15
Detected in one sample 11 2
   Two samples 29 55
Not detected in any sample 13 47
Detected in one sample 9 8
Detected in both samples 7 0
  1. aAny viraemia above limit of detection.
  2. Results of plasma CMV quantitative PCR in HIV patients with and without CMV disease by different viral load cut-offs and number of tested samples.