Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Quantitative, Real-time PCR

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Turnaround Time: 3 - 5 days
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Test Type: 2.5 mL Serum or plasma


Determine the number of international units (IU) of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA per milliliter in serum or plasma in known HCV-positive patients The quantifiable range of the assay is 15 IU/mL to 100,000,000 IU/mL.

Kleiber J, Walter T, Haberhausen G, Tsang S, Babiel R, Rosenstraus M. Performance characteristics of a quantitative, homogeneous TaqMan RT-PCR test for HCV RNA. J Mol Diagn. 2000 Aug; 2(3):158-166. PubMed 11229521

Collection Details:

Collection Instructions:

Submit the patient's Social Security number for serial monitoring. To order this test without the serial monitor service, order 550080.

Gel-barrier tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, or plasma preparation tube (PPT™).

Centrifuge sample within 24 hours of collection. Transfer serum/plasma to a screw-cap polypropylene transport tube. Ship frozen (preferred). Plasma from a PPT™ can be frozen and shipped in situ. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit a separate frozen specimen for each test requested.

Freeze (preferred) or refrigerate. Stable at room temperature for 24 hours or refrigerated for 72 hours. Stable frozen for six weeks.