Hepatitis C Virus RNA Qualitative

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: HCVRNA QL
POE DESCRIPTION: HEPATITIS C RNA QUAL; HCVRNAQL
CPT CODE: 87521
TEST INFORMATION: The test is used to qualitatively determine the presence of Hepatitis C Virus RNA.
DAYS PERFORMED: Wednesday
TURNAROUND TIME: 1-7 days
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Specimen must be received by the laboratory no later than 0700 on the day the test is to be performed.
CONTAINER TYPE:

Red top Vacutainer® tube or SST TM tube

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: Blood (serum)
REJECTION CRITERIA: 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.
MINIMUM VOLUME: 5 mL blood (1 mL serum)
HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: Serum must be separated from clot and frozen at minus 70°C within 6 hours of specimen collection.
REFERENCE RANGE: 50 copies/mL Hepatitis C Virus RNA detected
LIMITATIONS OF TEST: A negative result does not rule out infection with Hepatitis C virus.
METHODOLOGY: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).
TEST SYNONYM(S):HCV RNA