Specimen Requirements

Title

HEPATITIS C VIRUS (HCV) RNA,QUANT

Specimen Requirement

Serum: 1 SST
Plasma: 1 PPT

Freshly drawn specimens must be centrifuged within 6 hours of collection.

Ship same day as drawn

*DEDICATED SPECIMEN REQUIRED*

Methodology

Stability

Room Temp: 24 hrs; Refrigerate: 3 days; Frozen: 60 days

Reference Range

By Report

Turnaround

3-5 days

Clinical Use

The HCV RNA Viral Load assay is a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for the quantitation of hepatitis C viral (HCV) RNA in human serum or plasma (EDTA) from HCV-infected individuals. This assay is intended for use as an aid in the management of HCV-infected patients undergoing antiviral therapy. The assay measures HCV RNA levels at baseline and during treatment and can be utilized to predict sustained and non-sustained virological response to HCV therapy. The results from the RT-HCV assay must be interpreted within the context of all relevant clinical and laboratory findings. The Abbott RT-HCV assay is not for screening blood, plasma, serum or tissue donors for HCV.

Test Code

HCVVL