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Hepatitis C Quantitative PCR

Mnemonic:    [HepC Qnt]
Name:    Hepatitis C Quantitative PCR
Specimen:    4 mL serum from a Red SST or Red top tube. Plasma from an EDTA is also acceptable.

Collect 2 full tubes.

Heparinized samples are unacceptable.

Separate serum or plasma from cells within 6 hours of collection.
Minimum Spec:    2 mL
Transport Temp:    FREEZE
Spec Stability:    Stable 3 days refrigerated.
Ref Lab/Code:    ARUP 0098268
  Method:    Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Note:    This test may be unsuccessful if the HCV RNA viral load is less than 1,000 HCV RNA copies per mL of plasma.

The quantitative range of this assay is 1.6 - 7.8 log IU/mL (43 - 69,000 IU/mL).

This test is intended for use in conjuction with clinical presentation and other laboratory markers as an indicator of disease prognosis. This test is also used in assessing viral response to antiretroviral treatment as measured by changes in HCV RNA levels.
Processing Info:    Separate specimens must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.