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Human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) by PCR

Lab Section: 

Virology

 

Lab Location: 

Main Lab

Test ID: 

LAB8466

 

Methodology: 

Real-time TaqMan PCR

Schedule: 

Daily, Mon-Fri

Reported: 

1-3 days

Specimen Requirements: 

Collection: 2.0 mL BAL in sterile container or tissue in viral transport medium
Pediatric volume: 1.0 mL.
See separate PCR tests for plasma and CSF.

 

Notes: 

RIsing titers have better correlation with disease. Infection is universal in early chilldhood and HHV-6 DNA is widely distributed in the body in normal hosts.

Caution:  In 0.5-1% of the population HHV-6 DNA is integrated into their chromosomes and high virus titers can be detected in body fluids and tissues without disease.

CPT Code(s): 

87532

Last Changed: 

8/25/2017 9:57:50 AM

Last Reviewed: 

8/25/2017 9:57:50 AM