Main Content

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Quantitative PCR

Test Name:Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Quantitative PCR
Epic Order Code:LAB887
CPT Code:87522
Specimen(s) Type:Plasma or Serum, 2.0 mL
Acceptable Container(s):   Tube top is purple (lavender).
Testing Schedule:Monday-Friday
Turn Around Time:STAT: NA
 Routine: 2-4 days
Collection Information:No special patient preparation is required. Obtain specimen by standard collection procedures.
Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. This specimen cannot be shared for other testing.
Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab within 6 hours, centrifuge the specimen and remove the plasma or serum from the red cells. Store and transport specimen at room temperature up to 24 hours. If longer storage is required, store and transport at 2-8° C up to 3 days or -10 to -70° C up to 60 days. 
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport.
Reference Range:See patient report.  
Additional Information:Assessment of HCV-RNA levels in patients undergoing antiviral therapy provides important information for measuring treatment response, which may aid in response guided treatment.