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

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code
VHV8B
MiChart Code
HHV-8 DNA by PCR, Blood
Synonyms
  • VBHHV8
  • HHV-8 DNA qPCR, Blood
Laboratory
Sendout
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 8000
Section
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

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

Alternate Specimen
Acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): BAL, bronch wash, CSF, fecal, tissue, trach asp, trach wash, whole blood (EDTA).
Lavender Top Tube
Normal Volume
3 mL EDTA whole blood
Minimum Volume
3 mL EDTA whole blood
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

Billing
CPT Code
87799
Fee Code
36124
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