Days Set Up
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

MiChart Code
HHV-8 DNA by PCR, Blood
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


HHV-8 DNA qPCR, Blood

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

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 Range

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (3 - 5 mL).

Lavender Top Tube
Normal Volume
3 mL EDTA whole blood
Minimum Volume
3 mL EDTA whole blood

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.