Test Overview

Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Detection or quantitation of HHV-7. 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


Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code


MiChart Code

Miscellaneous Lab Sendout




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Laboratory Reference

Viracor Eurofins 7000

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Specimen Requirements

Offsite Collection Instructions

Blood: Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL). CSF: Send specimen frozen in a sterile tube (2 mL). The following specimen types are also acceptable: Bronchial Lavage (BAL) (2 mL in sterile tube, room temperature) and Tissue (moistened with saline, in sterile cup, freeze).

Normal Volume

Blood: 5 mL EDTA whole blood; CSF: 2 mL

Minimum Volume

Blood: 4 mL EDTA whole blood; CSF: 2 mL

Additional Information

Reactivation of HHV-7 has been found in the BMT, renal & liver transplantation population. Direct effects of HHV-7 include fever, rash, myelosuppression, hepatitis, encephalitis, pneumonitis and viral syndrome. Indirect effects include CMV syndrome, invasive CMV disease, invasive fungal disease, allograft dysfunction and acute cellular rejection. Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

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