Lab Test

Herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) by PCR, Quantitative

Test Codes

MAYO: FHV8P, EPIC: LAB7601, Beaker:

Department

Send Outs

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect one of the following:

Collect (preferred specimen): Whole blood in one Lavender-top EDTA tube.
Also acceptable: One Red-top SST tube.

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Do not centrifuge whole blood EDTA. Maintain in original collection tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F).

Centrifuge red-top to separate serum from cells. Transfer serum to a plastic transport tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F).

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: 0.7 mL whole blood or serum, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Minimum: 0.3 mL)

Rejection Criteria

Specimens not collected or processed as indicated.

In-Lab Processing

Do not centrifuge whole blood EDTA. Maintain in original collection tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F).

Centrifuge red-top to separate serum from cells. Transfer serum to a plastic transport tube and refrigerate (2-8°C or 36-46°F).

Transport: 0.7 mL whole blood or serum, refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F). (Minimum: 0.3 mL)

Storage

Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 48 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 7 days
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Send Outs Laboratory with any questions.

Laboratory

Sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester, MN. Forwarded to Quest Diagnostics Infectious Disease.

Performed

Monday – Sunday.
Results available in 3-6 days.

Reference Range

Reference Range: <1000 copies/mL

Test Methodology

Real-time PCR.

CPT Codes

87799
LOINC:  49406-2, 31208-2

Contacts

Last Updated

10/5/2022

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