Dilute Russell's Viper Venom Time

Dilute Russell Viper Venom Time

CPT: 85613
Updated on 3/15/2018
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This test system is designed for the qualitative detection of lupus anticoagulants (LA) in plasma.6


False-positive dRVVT screen and confirm results may occur in the presence of direct Xa inhibitor or direct thrombin inhibitor anticoagulants or in the presence of warfarin. The dRVVT may be prolonged in patients with deficiencies or inhibitors of factors X, V, II, and fibrinogen. Patients on warfarin will have extended dRVVT results.7 Plasma heparin levels >1 IU/mL may interfere with this test.8 Platelets are a rich source of phospholipid that can neutralize LA. Improper preparation of the platelet-poor plasma at collection reduces the sensitivity of this assay for LA. Due to the heterogeneity of LA antibodies, no single assay will identify all cases.6


Low phospholipid reagent consisting of Russell viper venom with excess calcium is mixed with patient plasma. The time to clot formation is measured photo-optically.

Additional Information

Russell viper venom directly activates factor X in the patient's plasma. Relatively common deficiencies or inhibitors of factors VII, VIII, IX, XI, and XII do not affect the dRVVT assay. Activated factor X (Xa) forms a complex with activated factor V (Va) in the presence of phospholipid. This prothrombinase complex converts factor II (prothrombin) to IIa (thrombin). Thrombin, in turn, cleaves fibrinogen to fibrin leading to detectable clot formation. The dRVVT reagent contains a heparin inhibitor, which makes the test system insensitive to heparin levels up to 1 IU/mL.8 Lupus anticoagulants (LA) are nonspecific inhibitors of phospholipid-dependent, in vitro coagulation tests. The dRVVT reagent is diluted to ensure that it has a low phospholipid concentration, increasing the sensitivity for LA.6

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) has established criteria for the diagnosis of lupus anticoagulants. The ISTH has defined the minimum diagnostic criteria for LA to include:9,10

• A prolonged clot time in a screening assay such as aPTT-LA and/or dRVVT

• Mixing studies indicating the presence of an inhibitor

• Positive confirmatory studies defining phospholipid dependence of the inhibitor

• No evidence of other coagulopathies through the use of specific factor assays if the confirmatory step is negative or there is evidence of a specific factor inhibitor.

Specimen Requirements


Plasma (platelet poor), frozen


2 mL

Minimum Volume

1 mL


Blue-top (sodium citrate) tube

Patient Preparation

Ideally, the patient should not be on anticoagulant therapy. Avoid warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy for two weeks prior to the test and heparin, direct Xa, and thrombin inhibitor therapies for about three days prior to testing. Do not draw from an arm with a heparin lock or heparinized catheter.


Citrated plasma samples should be collected by double centrifugation. Blood should be collected in a blue-top tube containing 3.2% buffered sodium citrate.1 Evacuated collection tubes must be filled to completion to ensure a proper blood to anticoagulant ratio.2,3 The sample should be mixed immediately by gentle inversion at least six times to ensure adequate mixing of the anticoagulant with the blood. A discard tube is not required prior to collection of coagulation samples, except when using a winged blood collection device (ie, "butterfly"), in which case a discard tube should be used.4,5 When noncitrate tubes are collected for other tests, collect sterile and nonadditive (red-top) tubes prior to citrate (blue-top) tubes. Any tube containing an alternate anticoagulant should be collected after the blue-top tube. Gel-barrier tubes and serum tubes with clot initiators should also be collected after the citrate tubes. Centrifuge for 10 minutes and carefully remove 2/3 of the plasma using a plastic transfer pipette, being careful not to disturb the cells. Deliver to a plastic transport tube, cap, and recentrifuge for 10 minutes. Use a second plastic pipette to remove the plasma, staying clear of the platelets at the bottom of the tube. Transfer the plasma into a LabCorp PP transpak frozen purple tube with screw cap (LabCorp N° 49482). Freeze immediately and maintain frozen until tested. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.

Please print and use the Volume Guide for Coagulation Testing to ensure proper draw volume.

Storage Instructions


Causes for Rejection

Severe hemolysis; improper labeling; clotted specimen; specimen diluted with IV fluids; samples thawed in transit; improper sample type; sample out of stability

Clinical Information

Special Instructions

If the patient's hematocrit exceeds 55%, the volume of citrate in the collection tube must be adjusted. Refer to Coagulation Collection Procedures for directions.


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2. Reneke J, Etzell J, Leslie S, Ng VL, Gottfried EL. Prolonged prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time due to underfilled specimen tubes with 109 mmol/L (3.2%) citrate anticoagulant. Am J Clin Pathol. 1998 Jun; 109(6):754-757. 9620035
3. National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standardization. Collection, Transport, and Processing of Blood Specimens for Coagulation Testing and General Performance of Coagulation Assays; Approved Guideline. 5th ed. Villanova, Pa: NCCLS; 2008. Document H21-A5:28(5).
4. Gottfried EL, Adachi MM. Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time can be performed on the first tube. Am J Clin Pathol. 1997 Jun; 107(6):681-683. 9169665
5. McGlasson DL, More L, Best HA, et al. Drawing specimens for coagulation testing: Is a second tube necessary? Clin Lab Sci. 1999 May-Jun; 12(3):137-139. 10539100
6. Brandt JT, Triplett DA, Alving B, Scharrer I. Criteria for the diagnosis of lupus anticoagulants: An update. On behalf of the Subcommittee on Lupus Anticoagulant/Antiphospholipid Antibody of the Scientific and Standardization Committee of the ISTH. Thromb Haemost. 1995 Oct; 74(4):1185-1190. 8560433
7. Greaves M. Antiphospholipid syndrome: State of the art with emphasis on laboratory evaluation. Haemostasis. 2000; 30(Suppl 2):16-25. 11251337
8. DVVtest [package insert]. Stamford, Conn: American Diagnostica; 1991.
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Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
117887 Dilute Russell's Viper Venom 6303-2 117891 dRVVT sec 6303-2

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