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Gancyclovir assay

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology

Requirement: 5ml clotted blood (1ml if paediatric), red top,

Turnaround Time: 1-2 days

Assay to determine level of gancyclovir in serum for therapeutic monitoring

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: mg/L
Clinical decision points: Pre 0.5-1.0mg/L 
Post 7-9 mg/L (ganciclovir)
Post 5-7 mg/L (valganciclovir)
Luck et al. 2011 International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 37:445-448

Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis
Reference Lab: Antimicrobial Reference Laboratory