HEPATITIS C VIRUS (HCV) RNA, QUALITATIVE

Test Documentation
Specimen Required
Draw blood in one 7.0 mL lavender EDTA tube. Centrifuge and separate plasma from cells within 6 hours of collection. Send 3.0 mL plasma (2.5 mL minimum) frozen in a screw-capped plastic vial.
Dedicated specimens are required. Specimens used in other assays will not be tested.

Alternate Specimen
Serum: Red-top

Rejection Criteria
All gel-based plasma separation tubes. Shared specimens. Specimens subjected to repeated freeze-thaw cycles. Specimens that do not meet the storage/handling conditions criteria above.

Methodology
This procedure utilizes a real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test from Abbott Molecular. The amplification target is a conserved region of the HCV genome. The qualitative limit of detection is 12 IU/mL (1.08 Log IU/mL). A "Not detected" result does not rule out infection.

Stability
Room Temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 3 days
Frozen (-20°C): 60 days
Frozen (-70°C): 60 days

Reference Range
Not detected

Performed
Monday-Friday

Turnaround Time3 days
Test CodeHCVQL
CPT-4 Code (s)
87521
LOINC Codes
11259-9

Warde
Medical
Laboratory