HCV RNA quantitative

The COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS® TaqMan® HCV Test is an in vitro nucleic acid amplification test for the quantitation of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA in human plasma or serum using the COBAS® AmpliPrep Instrument for automated specimen processing and the COBAS® TaqMan® Analyzer or the COBAS®TaqMan®48 Analyzer for automated amplification and detection. The test is intended for use in conjunction with clinical presentation and other laboratory markers of HCV infection for the clinical management of patients with chronic HCV.

The test can be used to assess the probability of a sustained viral response early in a course of antiviral therapy and to assess viral response to antiviral treatment as measured by changes in serum or plasma HCV RNA levels.
Clinical details: 
Hepatitis C virus, chronic HCV
Reference range: 

Lower limit of detection is 15 IU/ml

Synonyms or keywords: 
HCV, hepatitis C virus, hep C, viral load
Sample type and Volume required: 
6 - 8 ml EDTA plasma or serum
Call in advance: 
Turnaround time: 
5 days
Special sample instructions: 

EDTA plasma or serum

Time limit for extra tests: 
14 days
South London Specialist Virology Centre
Results: 02032996155 Medical Advice: 02032996298
King's College Hospital
Cheyne Wing, 2nd Floor (opposite Liver ITU)
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS

DX address: South London (PHL) Kings DX 6570200 Peckham 90SE
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015