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Test ID HCVRP Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Detection and Quantification, Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR, Prenatal, Serum

Ordering Guidance

For detection and quantification of hepatitis C (HCV) RNA in serum for the diagnosis and monitoring progress of acute or chronic hepatitis C in women who are pregnant.

Shipping Instructions

1. Freeze serum immediately, and ship specimen frozen on dry ice only.

2. If shipment will be delayed for more 24 hours, freeze serum at -20 to -80° C (up to 84 days) until shipment on dry ice.

Specimen Required

Supplies: Aliquot Tube, 5 mL (T465)

Collection Container/Tube: Serum gel

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1.5 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.

Useful For

Detection of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection before the appearance of HCV antibodies in serum (ie, <2 months from exposure) in women who are pregnant


Detection and confirmation of chronic HCV infection in women who are pregnant


Quantification of HCV RNA in serum of women who are pregnant for monitoring disease progression of chronic HCV infection (HCV antibody-positive)


This test is  reflex test for hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody screen-reactive serum specimens to confirm the presence of HCV in pregnant individuals.


This test is suitable for diagnosis of acute HCV in women who are pregnant and are either high-risk or immunosuppressed and who may be negative for HCV antibodies.


This test can be used to establish a baseline HCV viral load and monitor disease progression of chronic hepatitis C in women who are pregnant.

Method Name

Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Reporting Name

HCV RNA Detect/Quant Prenatal, S

Specimen Type

Serum SST

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.8 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum SST Frozen (preferred) 84 days
  Refrigerated  6 days

Reference Values


Day(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday

Report Available

1 to 3 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test has been cleared, approved, or is exempt by the US Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
HCVRP HCV RNA Detect/Quant Prenatal, S 11011-4


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
609749 HCV RNA Detect/Quant Prenatal, S 11011-4

NY State Approved