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Hepatitis C Antibody (Total)

Components

Name Method Department Units
Hepatitis C Antibody Chemiluminescent Microparticle Immunoassay (CMIA)
CMI, Immunology Negative or Positive

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Green tube (Lithium heparin), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Green tube (Lithium heparin), with Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Green tube (Sodium heparin), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Red Tube (no anticoagulant) with Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Stability

Room temperature - 3 day(s)
Refrigerated - 7 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Collect by venipuncture
  • Mix EDTA or heparin tube by gentle inversion immediately after collection.
  • Allow to clot completely at room temperature
  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Serum Spun, Plasma Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Purple tube (EDTA)

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Green tube (Lithium heparin), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Green tube (Lithium heparin), with Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Green tube (Sodium heparin), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Stability

Refrigerated - 7 day(s)
Frozen - Indefinite month(s)
Room temperature - 3 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible
  • Centrifuge, remove plasma/serum and refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong type of specimen
  • Wrong collection tube
  • Frozen whole blood
  • Bacterial contamination
  • Heat treated specimen
  • Gross hemolysis
  • Gross icterus
  • Gross lipemia

Comments

Initial screening test for hepatitis C; confirm with Hepatitis C RNA by PCR, Quantitative.

CPT Code

  • 86803