Excessive hemolysis, gross contamination of specimen, chylous serum, improper storage of specimen, specimen not frozen within 6 hours of collection, inappropriate specimen container, insufficient specimen volume, specimen not appropriately labeled.
2 mL blood (1 mL serum)
Store at 2 - 30C until received by the laboratory. Serum must be separated from the clot and frozen at -20C within 6 hours of specimen collection.
LIMITATIONS OF TEST:
A specimen with a result of "<12 IU/ml" cannot be presumed to be negative for HCV RNA
Real Time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)
Linearity of the assay is between 12 and 100,000,000 IU/ml
Quantitative HCV RNA; HCV Quantitative; Hep C Viral Load