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 Test Performed

Monday - Saturday

Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code


MiChart Code

HHV-6 DNA by PCR, Other Sources




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Laboratory Reference

Viracor Eurofins 6500

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Specimen Requirements

Offsite Collection Instructions

Collect specimen in a screw capped sterile tube. Send to Specimen Processing frozen

Normal Volume

2 mL CSF

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL CSF

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.

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