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Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA, Qualitative, NAA

CPT: 87521
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Special Instructions

Please submit a separate frozen sample for each frozen test ordered.

Expected Turnaround Time

2 - 4 days

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Specimen Requirements


Plasma or serum, frozen


1.5 mL

Minimum Volume

600 μL


Plasma preparation tube (PPT) or screw-cap polypropylene frozen transport tube


Collect specimen in gel-barrier tube, PPT™, or lavender-top (EDTA) tube. Centrifuge specimen within 24 hours of collection. Transfer serum or plasma to a polypropylene screw-cap tube and freeze. Snap-cap or Pop-top tubes should be avoided and may result in specimen rejection. Ship frozen. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.

Storage Instructions


Stability Requirements



Room temperature

3 days


14 days


6 months

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x5

Causes for Rejection

PPT™ not centrifuged

Test Details


Detect or confirm hepatitis C virus infection


Nucleic acid amplification (NAA)


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
550713 HCV RNA NAA Qualitative 11259-9 550714 HCV RNA NAA Qualitative 11259-9

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