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Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) Antibodies Blood Test, IgG

A Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) Antibodies Blood Test is used to aid in the diagnosis of past infection/exposure to roseola infantum; may be useful in diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Sample Report

Test Code: 161075

CPT Code: 86790

Also Known As: HHV-6, IgG Antibodies

Methodology: Enzyme immunoassay (EIA)

Specimen Type: Blood

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) has recently been identified as the agent associated with both pediatric and adult infections. Most children have been infected by age three. The acute infection in children is characterized clinically by an acute febrile illness, irritability, inflammation of tympanic membranes, and (uncommonly) a rash characteristic of roseola.
In adults, HHV-6 has been associated with chronic fatigue and spontaneously resolving fever resembling a mononucleosis-like illness. During the acute episode an elevated IgM HHV-6 is useful. An increase in IgG HHV-6 between acute and convalescent serum sample is consistent with a recent HHV-6 infection.

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