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Test ID: HCVL    
Hepatitis C Virus Antibody Confirmation, Serum

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

This test is available as a confirmatory test for reactive Hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody screening test results.

 

See Hepatitis C: Testing Algorithm for Screening and Diagnosis in Special Instructions.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Serum

Advisory Information

This test does not differentiate between past (resolved) and chronic hepatitis C. To distinguish between past (resolved) and chronic hepatitis C, order HCVQN / Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Detection and Quantification by Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), Serum.

 

For screening of asymptomatic individuals for HCV, order HCSRN / Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody Screen with Reflex to HCV RNA, PCR, Asymptomatic, Serum.

 

For detection of HCV in symptomatic at-risk individuals, order HCVDX / Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody with Reflex to HCV RNA, PCR, Symptomatic, Serum.

Necessary Information

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 0.4 mL

Collection Instructions:

1.  Centrifuge blood collection tube per collection tube manufacturer's instructions (eg, centrifuge and aliquot within 2 hours of collection for BD Vacutainer tubes).

2. Aliquot serum into plastic vial.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Gastroenterology and Hepatology Client Test Request (T728) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.1 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus OK

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
SerumFrozen (preferred)30 days
 Refrigerated 7 days