2 - 5 days
HHV-8 DNA qPCR
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Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
HHV-8 is also known as Kaposi Sarcoma, a malignancy of the skin. HHV-8 is not ubiquitous like most other herpesviruses. The distribution of HHV-8 is related to a combination of geographic factors and behavioral risk factors. Primary infection of HHV-8 in immunocompromised children is associated with fever and maculopapular rash. Numerous studies have documented the risk of developing KS among organ transplant recipients and patients taking immunesuppressive drugs.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
CSF: Send specimen frozen in a sterile tube (2 mL).