Ordering Recommendation

Confirm and quantify the presence of hepatitis E virus.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA) or Serum separator tube (SST).

Specimen Preparation

Separate from cells.  Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Heparinized specimens.


Additional information required: Specimen source


Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 year


Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction


Mon, Thu


2-5 days

Reference Interval

Not detected

Interpretive Data

The quantitative range of this assay is 3.3- 8.3 log IU/mL (1,800 - 180,000,000 IU/mL). One IU/mL of HEV RNA is approximately 2.25 copies/mL.

A negative result (less than 3.3 log IU/mL or less than 1,800 IU/mL) does not rule out the presence of PCR inhibitors in the patient specimen or HEV RNA concentrations below the level of detection of the test.  Inhibition  may also lead to underestimation of viral quantitation.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


The limit of quantification for this RNA test is 3.3 log IU/mL (1,800 IU/mL). If the test DID NOT DETECT the virus, the test result will be reported as "< 3.3 log IU/mL (< 1,800 IU/mL)." If the test DETECTED the presence of the virus but was not able to accurately quantify the number of international units, the test result will be reported as "Not Quantified."

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2011656 Hepatitis E Quant by PCR, Log IU/mL 78750-7
2011657 Hepatitis E Quant by PCR, Interp 48767-8
2011658 Hepatitis E Quant by PCR, IU/mL 69961-1
2011659 Hepatitis E Quant by PCR, Source 31208-2
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  • HEV
  • Viral load monitoring
Hepatitis E Virus by Quantitative PCR