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Hepatitis C Virus RNA Qualitative PCR (INACTIVE as of 05/19/14: Refer to 0098268)
0098264
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
HEP C PCR
Methodology
Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
2-4 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), plasma preparation tube (PPT), or serum separator tube. 
Specimen Preparation
Separate serum or plasma from cells within 6 hours. Transfer 2 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.25 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Frozen. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Heparinized specimens. 
Remarks
 
Stability
On cells: Ambient: 6 hours. After separation from cells: Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 4 months 
Reference Interval
Not Detected
Interpretive Data
The lower limit of detection is 100 IU/mL.

An internal control monitors the specimen for inadequate specimen extraction or for the presence of inhibitors in the specimen. False positive results may occur. A negative result does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or hepatitis C virus RNA concentrations below the limit of detection by the assay.

This assay should not be used for blood donor screening, associated re-entry protocols, or for screening Human Cell, Tissues and Cellular Tissue-Based Products (HCT/P).


Note
CPT Code(s)
87521
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0098264Hepatitis C Virus RNA Qualitative PCR11259-9
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Aliases
  • HCV Qualitative PCR