Test Name: HHV-8
Human herpes virus type 8 (HHV-8) is the likely etiologic agent of Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). HHV-8 DNA sequences have been found in Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions, primary effusion lymphoma, and multicentric Castleman’s disease via polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridization. Latent nuclear antigen (LNA-1, LNA, LANA-1), also known as ORF73, is a 222 or 234 kD protein that is consistently expressed in HHV-8 infected cells. Anti-HHV-8 labels the latent nuclear antigen protein via immunohistochemistry.
A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type or one (1) unbaked, unstained slide cut at 4-5 microns for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides cut at 3-4 microns for each test/antibody ordered.
Storage and Transport
Use cold pack during transport of paraffin blocks and unstained slides. Cold pack should not be placed in direct contact with the specimen during shipping
Specimen Rejection Criteria
Turn Around Time (TAT): 2-3 Days
CPT Codes*: 88341, 88342, 88360
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