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Hepatitis C Virus-RNA Qn
(HCV RNA)

TEST:    Hepatitis C Virus-RNA Qn

OTHER TEST REQUEST NAME:
• HCV RNA
• HCV PCR
• Hepatitis C Viral Load
• Viral Hepatitis C RNA by PCR

TEST COMPOSITION:
Not applicable

INTENDED USE:
For the quantitation of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA genotypes 1 to 6 in human serum or plasma, in conjunction with clinical presentation and other laboratory markers as an aid in assessing viral response to antiviral treatment as measured by the changes in plasma HCV
RNA levels

METHODOLOGY:
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

LABORATORY SECTION:
Molecular Diagnostics (PCR)

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS / PATIENT PREPARATIONS:
No patient preparation required

COLLECTION/SAMPLE CONTAINER:
EDTA Tube

SPECIMEN AND VOLUME REQUIREMENT:
Note: Follow tube manufacturer recommendation.    :    2-3 mL Plasma

ALTERNATIVE SPECIMEN AND VOLUME REQUIREMENT:
2-3 mL Serum (Serum Separator Tube)

Note: Plasma and Serum samples should not be used  interchangeably for monitoring.

SPECIMEN STABILITY        
•   ROOM TEMPERATURE (15-25°C)    :    3 Days
•   REFRIGERATED TEMPERATURE (2-8°C)    :    7 Days
•   FREEZER TEMPERATURE (-20°C)    :    4 Weeks

TRANSPORT TEMPERATURE:
Plasma should be transported at 2 – 8 °C (with cold packs) or Frozen at -20 °C to -80 °C;
If whole blood will be sent in, it must be transported at 2 °C – 25 °C

REJECTION CRITERIA:
•     Improper use of anticoagulant
•     Insufficient volume of blood to anticoagulant
•     Improperly labeled specimens
•     Hemolyzed/Lipemic specimens
•     Exceeded sample stability requirement
•     Quantity not sufficient
•     Use of collection tubes containing citrate, sodium fluoride, heparin and other anticoagulants other than EDTA

RUNNING DAY:
Batch running: Upon completion of Batch of 9 samples

CUT OFF TIME:
6:00 PM

TAT/RELEASING OF RESULTS:
•     14 working days EXCEPT on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
•     Releasing Time: 6:00 PM

REFERENCE INTERVAL / RESULT INTERPRETATION:
Not applicable

LIMITATIONS/INTERFERENCES:
Not applicable

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