Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Test Name : Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA, Quantitative PCR, Serum, with reflex to Genotyping Order Code : HCVPCX
Note: If HCV is detected and the viral load is above the limit of quantitation, then HCV Genotype will be ordered automatically.
Synonyms: Hepatitis C Viral Load, Hepatitis C PCR , HCV PCR, HCV RNA, Hep C PCR, Hep C RNA, with reflex to HCV Genotype
Specimen Type: Serum
Container Type: Dedicated SST Gold-top gel tube, dedicated red top serum tube
Required Volume: 5 mL Whole Blood; 2.5 mL Serum
Minimum Volume (Pediatric): 3 mL Whole Blood; 1.5 mL Serum. Note: Minimum volumes do not allow for repeat testing.
Methodology: Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA)
Standard Run Times: Monday - Friday
Turnaround Time: 7 days
Special Handling: Transport whole blood at room temperature or refrigerated. Centrifuge and transfer serum to a separate tube within 6 hours of collection. Transport serum refrigerated. If transport is greateer than 5 days, transport serum frozen.
CPT Codes: 87522
Causes For Rejection: Samples containing heparin; delay in transit; containers other than a dedicated gold-top SST or red top tube.
Department: Virology