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Hepatitis C Antibody

Item Value
Approval req'd? No
Available Stat? No
Test code HCV
Test group Hepatitis
Performed by Immunology
In House Availability Monday-Friday (day shift).
Method Microparticle Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
Container type Gold top
Amount to Collect 1 mL blood
Sample type Serum
Preferred volume 0.5 mL serum
Min. Volume 0.25 mL serum (this volume is insufficient for repeat testing if needed)
Processing notes Refrigerate sample
Normal range Negative
Synonyms Hep C Ab; HCVAb; anti-HCV antibody
Stability Refrigerated 6 days
Turn around times 1-3 days
Additional information Results will be reported as:

NEGATIVE no detectable antibody present, presumed negative
EQUIVOCAL very low level detected, may reflect false positive or early infection, repeat or supplemental testing such as HCV viral load could be performed if clinically indicated
LOW POSITIVE low level antibody detected, CDC guidelines recommend supplemental testing such as HCV viral load
POSITIVE high level antibody detected, most patients are truly positive for HCV infection and supplemental testing is not generally recommended


This test is not FDA approved for donor screening. For pre-transplant donor screen see Pre-Transplant Send out (PTXID).

Positive results are automatically forwarded to California Public Health per regulations. However, this does not absolve the ordering provider from any additional reporting if such is required.
LOINC code 13955-0
Last Updated 11/18/2013 11:23:31 AM
Entry Number 486

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667

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