Ordering Recommendation

Detect and quantify HHV6 subtypes A and B in immunocompromised patients.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), serum separator tube, or CSF.

Specimen Preparation

Separate serum or plasma from cells. Transfer 1 mL serum, plasma or CSF to a sterile container. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Heparinized specimens, tissues in optimal cutting temperature compound.


Specimen source required.


Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 5 days; Frozen: 3 months


Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction




1-4 days

Reference Interval

Not detected

Interpretive Data

The quantitative range of this assay is 3.0-6.0 log copies/mL (1,000-999,000 copies/mL).

A negative result (less than 3.0 log copies/mL or less than 1,000 copies/mL) does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or HHV6 DNA in concentrations below the level of detection of the assay. Inhibition may also lead to underestimation of viral quantitation.

Caution should be taken when interpreting results generated by different assay methodologies.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA-certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR)


The limit of quantification for this DNA assay is 3.0 log copies/mL (1,000 copies/mL). If the assay DID NOT DETECT the virus, the test result will be reported as "<3.0 log copies/mL (<1,000 copies/mL)." If the assay DETECTED the presence of the virus but was not able to accurately quantify the number of copies, the test result will be reported as "Not Quantified."

This assay detects and quantifies HHV6 subtypes A and B.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060072 HHV6 by PCR Source 31208-2
0060073 HHV6 by PCR Type 38348-9
0060075 HHV6 Quant by PCR (copy/mL) 38349-7
0060077 HHV6 Quant by PCR (log copy/mL) 38350-5
0060787 HHV6 by PCR Interp 51730-0
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