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Test ID: HCVRN

Hepatitis C RNA

  • CPT Code: 87522
  • LOINC:
  • Specimen Type: EDTA plasma
  • Frequency: Setup: Once per week, TAT 1-7 days
  • Instructions: 1.8mL plasma from LAV tube. Separate plasma/serum within 6 hrs. of draw. Separated specimens are good for 5 days REF or 60 days FRZ at -20.
  • Text: Ultrasens. method to quantitate number of copies of hepatitis C in positive specimens. Detectable within 1 wk of exposure. Patients with higher concentrations of HCV RNA are more infectious and more resistant to therapy. Interferon is assoc with a decline in HCV RNA. This test is for monitoring positive patients only, not a screen. Dedicated tube only - no sharing of specimen for other tests (assay is extremely vulnerable to RNA or enzymatic contamination).
  • Methodology: PCR

 

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