Test Overview
Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Detection or quantitation of HHV-6. Used for monitoring of viral load to track the course of infection and response to treatment. Test detects both Type A and Type B.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code
VHV6P
MiChart Code
HHV-6 DNA, Quant, BLOOD
Synonyms
  • VBHHV6
  • HHV-6 DNA qPCR, Blood
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 6500
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL).

Alternate Specimen
Must be ordered as an SO: Acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): BAL, bone marrow, bronch wash, CSF, fecal, plasma, serum, tissue, trach asp, trach wash, whole blood (EDTA).
Lavender Top Tube
Normal Volume
5 mL EDTA whole blood
Minimum Volume
4 mL EDTA whole blood
Additional Information

Reactivation of HHV-6 is frequently associated with clinical disease. Direct effects of HHV-6 include fever, rash, hepatitis, encephalitis, pneumonitis and delay or suppression of bone marrow engraftment. Bone marrow suppression by HHV-6 is often confused with rejection in a HSCT patient. Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87533
Fee Code
36123
NY State Approved
No