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Test Code HEPCRNAQL HCV RNA Qualitative ,NAA

Additional Codes

Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) Orderable:  

Hepatits C RNA, Qualitative

AllScripts (AEHR) Orderable: 

Hepatitis C RNA, Qualitative

Performing Laboratory

LabCorp Burlington, NC


Nucleic acid amplification (NAA)


Specimen Requirements

Specimen must arrive same day as drawn.

Container:  Lavender, PPT or Gold top tubes

Specimen: 1.5 mL plasma or serum (0.6 mL min)

Transport Temperature:  Frozen


Draw blood in a PPT™ VACUTAINER(S)®. Spin down, separate, immediately freeze 5 mL of plasma (1 ml Min) in original VACUTAINER(S)®. Send specimen frozen.




Draw blood in 2 Lavender-top(EDTA) tubes. Refrigerate during transport.  This specimen should be collected solely for HCV PCR testing and not used for other laboratory tests.




One Gold top tube Refrigerated during transport-Spun. This specimen should be collected solely for HCV PCR testing and not used for other laboratory tests. Frozen

Minimum Volume does not allow for repeat testing.


3 days Room Temperature 

14  days Refrigerated

6 Months Frozen


Reference Values

Not detected


The limit of detection: 12 IU/mL.


Not Detected:  HCV RNA is not detected; possibly indicates resolved past infection or a false                              reactive antibody result. 


Detected:         HCV RNA is detected; indicates hepatitis C virus infection.


CDC guidelines and New York State require confirmation of reactive hepatitis C antibody screening tests. Results should be viewed in the context of clinical history and other lab tests. An indeterminate result indicates that HCV RNA result is inconclusive; please consider retesting with a new sample.   The performance characteristics of this assay have been determined by North-LIJ Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or cleared this test, however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use.

Test Classification and CPT Coding



LOINC Code: 11259-9

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday- Friday 3 - 5 Days

Computer Interface Code

PDM# 6350035