Test Details

Mnemonic

HCVQL

Ordering Code

3010550

CPT-4 Code(s)

87521

Specimen Information

Collect

Lavender EDTA
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Specimen Preparation

Centrifuge and separate plasma from cells within 6 hours of collection. Send 3.0 mL plasma frozen in a screw-capped plastic vial. Dedicated specimens are required. Specimens used in other assays will not be tested.
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Alternate Specimen

Serum: Red-top
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Minimum Volume

2.5 mL
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Transport Temperature

Frozen
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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
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Stability

Room temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated: 3 days
Frozen (-20°C): 60 days
Frozen (-70°C): 60 days
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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.
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Reference Range

Not detected
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Performing Laboratory

Warde Medical Laboratory
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