HERPESVIRUS-8 AMPLIFIED PROBE (H8D)
: Molecular Infectious Disease
: H8D, HHV8 DNA
: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
: Not detected
: CSF container - 1.0 mL lavender top (EDTA) - 4.0 mL
: CSF or whole blood
: Need Medical Director approval
: CSF container - 1.0 mL, lavender top (EDTA) - 1.0 mL
: 1.0 mL
: 0.5 mL
: Room Temperature - same day, refrigerated - overnight, frozen - longer than overnight
: Room temperature: same day, refrigerated: overnight, frozen: longer than overnight
Reasons for Rejection
: Alternative specimen sent without Medical Director approval
: Once per day on Thursday (batched)
: 24 hours (Monday - Friday)
: HHV-8 can be an important pathogen causing encephalitis and meningitis. Prompt recognition of the presence of HHV-8 is helpful for clinical differential diagnosis. Cell cultures have not been reliable for recovering this virus from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Detection of HHV-8 DNA in CSF is now the gold standard for the laboratory diagnosis of central nervous system diseases caused by this virus. HHV-8 testing can be used to confirm Kaposi sarcoma in tissue materials.
: Other sources / samples may be acceptable for this test; please check with the lab, 615-936-6435.
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