Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Human Herpes Virus Type 6

Test Name: Human Herpes Virus Type 6
Alternate Name(s):  
Laboratory: Microbiology (VH)
Specimen Type: Blood - 5 mL Lavender top (EDTA) Vacutainer tube (A minimum 1 mL of whole blood is required)
CSF - Encephalitis cases only (minimum 300 uL CSF)
Collection Information: Must be transported to the lab immediately.

HHV6 testing must be approved by the Medical Microbiologist and one of the following criteria met:

1) Primary infection or viral reactivation in immunocompromised individuals

2) Encephalitis cases
Requisition: Sick Kids Molecular Microbiology Referred In Viral Requisition
Test Schedule: Referred out Monday-Wednesday to SickKids
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
14 days
Reference Range: See report
Effective Date: 2010-09-28
Revised Date: 2021-07-21
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing:  
Method of Analysis: RT-PCR
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Samples must be transported to the lab within 4 hours of collection.
System Codes: 
Referred To: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

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