Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) DNA PCR, Quantitative

Abbrev Code:HHV6PCR   
Order Code:LAB5739Order Name:HHV6 Quant PCR
Synonyms:Human Herpes 6 (HHV-6), DNA PCR; HHV6 PCR
CPT Codes: 87533 x1
Turnaround Time:Testing performed 2-3 times/week, Mon-Fri; results are reported in 2-5 days.
Special Instructions:All requests on samples other than blood will be sent to a reference laboratory.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.5 mL
Container:Purple (EDTA)
Causes for Rejection:Heparinized specimens, stool or tissue specimens

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:1 mL, 0.5 mL minimum whole blood (EDTA or ACD preferred).
Shipping Instructions:Ship whole blood at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory  (UMMC East Bank)


Reference Range:

Reportable Range: <500 copies/mL – 2,000,000 copies/mL

Reference Range: No HHV6 DNA detected


Human herpesvirus (HHV-6) is the cause of the common childhood disease exanthem subitum (roseola infantum) and can reactivate after primary infection in immunocompromised adults and children. This assay detects and quantifies both variants A and B of HHV-6.    

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