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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Human herpes virus 8 PCR

Test Name

Human herpes virus 8 PCR

Alternate Name/ Synonym

Human herpes virus 8 

Gene Name

DNA polymerase

Test Code

HH8PC

Division

Molecular Microbiology - Viral

Method

Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

College of American Pathologists

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days

Disease/Condition

  • Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Primary effusion lymphoma
  • Castleman's disease

Specimen Type

  • Tissue or biopsy
  • Lesion scraping

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • Sterile screw top container for tissues or biopsies
  • Lesion scraping in universal transport medium

Storage/Transportation

  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs

Special Requirements

* Not Health Canada approved

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212