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Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Quantitative, RNA (Abbott® RealTime)
- Viral Load, Abbott, Real-time
Determine the number of international units (IU) of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA per milliliter of serum or plasma in known HCV-positive patients
Assay range: 12 IU/mL to 100,000,000 IU/mL
Abbott m2000® real-time HCV assay
Serum or plasma
1.1 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)
Serum or plasma (EDTA) specimens may be used. Freshly drawn specimens (whole blood) may be held at 2°C to 30°C for six hours. Centrifuge specimen within six hours of collection. Remove serum or plasma, transfer to a screw-cap polypropylene transport tube. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.
Freeze. Stable at room temperature for six hours (whole blood) or one day after centrifugation. Stable refrigerated for 24 hours (whole blood) or five days after centrifugation. Freeze for long-term storage.
Causes for Rejection
Hemolysis; heparinized plasma; nonfrozen specimens; specimen received in "pop-top" or "snap-cap" tube; whole blood