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Lab Dept:

Microbiology/Virology

Test Name:

HHV8 PCR, QUALITATIVE

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

HHV8

Synonyms:

HHV-8 PCR, Human Herpes Virus 8

CPT Codes:

87798 - Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid, not otherwise specified; amplified probe technique, each organism

Test Includes:

HHV8 PCR results reported as Not Detected or Detected. Adenovirus detection by PCR.

Logistics

Test Indications:

Human herpesvirus type 8 (HHV-8) is a DNA virus that was originally detected in biopsies of individual with AIDS-associated Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS). Experimental evidence suggests that HHV-8 is the etiological agent of KS.

Lab Testing Sections:

Microbiology/Virology - Sendouts

Referred to:

Mayo Medical Laboratories (forward to Focus Diagnostics) (MML Test: 90522, Focus test: 43170)

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

2 - 5 days

Special Instructions:

N/A

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Blood

Note: Bone marrow will be processed, but has not been validated and a disclaimer statement will be added to the results.

Container:

Lavender (EDTA) top tube

Alternate blood tube: Yellow (ACD) top or Red top

Draw Volume:

3 mL (Minimum: 1 mL) blood

Processed Volume:

1 mL (Minimum: 0.3 mL) plasma

Collection:

Routine venipuncture

Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Centrifuge specimen, remove plasma aliquot into a screw-cap plastic vial. Store and ship at refrigerated temperatures. Forward promptly.

Order this test through the Mayo Access. Mayo test: 90522 (Focus test code: 43170)

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Specimen collected in wrong container; mislabeled or unlabeled specimens

Interpretive

Reference Range:

Not detected

Critical Values:

N/A

Limitations:

N/A

Methodology:

Molecular detection assay using target specific primers for amplification. Amplified fragments are subsequently detected by hybridization with specific probes to achieve maximum specificity and sensitivity.

References:

Mayo Medical Laboratories Web Page April 2011

Focus Diagnostics Web Page April 2011

Updates:

12/5/2006: Test previously sent to the UTSW Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory.
4/25/2011: Removed whole blood as a specimen type.



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