Ordering Recommendation

Test for human papillomavirus (HPV) genotype 16 and 18 in patients previously diagnosed with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.  


Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction


Mon, Fri


Within 1 week

New York DOH Approval Status
Specimens from New York clients will be sent out to a New York DOH approved laboratory, if possible.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation


Specimen Preparation

Formalin fixed (10 percent neutral buffered formalin) and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. Transport tissue block or 5 unstained 4-5 micron slides in a tissue transport kit (ARUP supply #47808) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. (Min: 4 slides)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated. Ship in cooled container during summer months.

Unacceptable Conditions

FFPE specimens without tumor tissue. FFPE specimens fixed in formalin substitutes (ie., Bouen or B5 fixatives), alternative fixatives or heavy metal fixatives (B-4 or B-5). Decalcified specimens.


Anatomic source required. Pathology report requested.


Ambient: Indefinitely; Refrigerated: Indefinitely; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Interval
Interpretive Data

This test amplifies DNA of HPV16 and HPV18 associated with head and neck cancer. Sensitivity may be affected by specimen collection methods, stage of infection, and the presence of interfering substances. Results should be interpreted in conjunction with other available laboratory and clinical data. A negative result for HPV 16 or HPV 18 does not exclude the presence of other high-risk HPV types.

Compliance Category

Modified FDA

Hotline History
CPT Codes

88381; 87625

Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2002148 Block ID 57723-9
2011935 HPV Genotype 16 by PCR 77399-4
3000415 HPV Source 31208-2
3000416 HPV Genotype 18 by PCR 61373-7
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  • High-risk HPV
  • HPV
  • HPV High Risk Head and Neck Cancer, Human papilloma virus
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Genotype 16 and 18 by PCR, Head and Neck