Hepatitis C Virus RNA Quantitative bDNA with Reflex to Genotype
Ordering Recommendation
Not recommended reflex test to confirm active hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Preferred test is a quantitative test (Hepatitis C Virus by Quantitative PCR (0098268) or Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) by Quantitative PCR with Reflex to HCV Genotype by Sequencing (2002685) following a positive HCV screen.
Quantitative Branched Chain DNA/Sequencing
Mon, Thu
7-14 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), plasma preparation tube, or serum separator tube.  
Specimen Preparation
Separate serum or EDTA plasma from cells within 4 hours. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.7 mL)
Separate plasma from cells within 2 hours. Transport 1 mL plasma in original container. (Min: 0.7 mL)  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Heparinized specimens.   
PPT: On Cells: Ambient: 2 hours. After separation from cells: Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen at -20°C: 72 hours; Frozen at -70°C: 4 months All others: On cells: Ambient 4 hours. After separation from cells: Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen at -20 °C: 72 hours; Frozen at -70°C: 4 months  
Reference Interval
Available Separately Components Reference Interval
0051811Hepatitis C Virus RNA Quantitative bDNA Not detected
0055593Hepatitis C Virus Genotype by Sequencing By report
Interpretive Data
Refer to individual components.  
This test is intended for use in conjunction with clinical presentation and other laboratory markers as an indicator of disease prognosis. This test is also used as an aid in assessing viral response to antiretroviral treatment as measured by changes in HCV RNA levels.

If Hepatitis C Virus RNA Quantitative bDNA is greater than or equal to 2.8 log IU/mL, then Hepatitis C Virus Genotype by PCR & Sequencing will be added. Additional charges apply.
CPT Code(s)
87522; if reflexed, add 87902
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0051812HCV RNA Quant bDNA Interpretation48576-3
0051823HCV RNA Quant bDNA, Log42617-1
2002645HCV RNA Quant bDNA, IU29609-5
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  • HCV genotype
  • HCV quantitative
  • HCV reflex
  • HCV viral load
  • Signal Amplification
  • Viral load monitoring