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Human Herpes virus 8 by PCR - Biopsy

Alternate test name

Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), Kaposi's sarcoma, Primary effusion lymphoma, Castleman's disease.

Gene name / Alternate gene name

DNA polymerase gene

Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 7 business days
Specimen type
  • Tissue or biopsy
  • Lesion scraping
Specimen requirements
  • Sterile screw top container for tissues or biopsies
  • Lesion scraping in universal transport medium
Storage and 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


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