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HCVVL
HCV RNA VIRAL LOAD, PLASMA OR SERUM

Test Code HCVVL 
Test HCV RNA VIRAL LOAD, PLASMA OR SERUM 
Methodology COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS Taqman HCV Test, v2.0, Quantitative Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) 
Description Useful for quantification of HCV viral load in plasma or serum, for monitoring drug therapy and disease progression from known infected patients with or without anti-viral therapy.

This test should not be used as a primary screening or diagnostic test.

NOTE: HCV testing is not available for specimens originating in New York. 

Specimen Draw blood in a lavender-top (EDTA) tube, plain red-top, or serum gel tube (SST). Spin down, remove plasma or serum from cells within 24 hours, and send 2.0 mL of serum or EDTA plasma FROZEN in a screw-capped plastic vial. 
Reference Values Undetected
Result range of the assay is 15 to 100,000,000 IU/mL (1.18 to 8.0 log IU/mL) 
Analytic Time 1 Day; Maximum Laboratory Time - 8 Days 
Day(s) Test Set Up Mondays, Thursdays (varies) 
CPT Code(s) 87522