Test Overview
Test Methodology

Chemiluminescent Immunoassay

Test Usage

Screen for the presence on Hepatitis C specific antibody. A reactive/positive Hepatitis C antibody test indicates either acute infection, chronic infection, or resolved past infection. Any reactive anti-HCV result will reflex to a confirmatory Hepatitis C Virus RNA by PCR, Quantitative (QHCV) assay to determine if there is ongoing infection.

Reference Range *

Non-Reactive

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Daily, 24 hours
Analytic Time

1 hour

Soft Order Code
HCAB
MiChart Code
Hepatitis C Antibody
Synonyms
  • Anti-Hepatitis C
  • HCV Antibody
  • Hepatitis C Screen
  • Post-transfusion Hepatitis
  • HEPATITIS C ANTIBODY
  • A-HCV
  • AHCV
Laboratory
Chemical Pathology
Section
Automation
STAT Availability

STAT requests for this test will be performed on a STAT basis (supervisory staff approval is not required).

STAT Limitations

TAT may exceed 1 hour.

Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect specimen in an SST or red top tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage.

Alternate Specimen
Red Top Tube; Green Top Tube (heparinized plasma); Lavender Top Tube (EDTA plasma)
Yellow Top Tube
Normal Volume
0.5 mL serum
Minimum Volume
0.25 mL serum
Storage Temperature
Specimen may be stored at room temperature up to 8 hours; specimen should be frozen if assay will not be completed within 72 hours of collection.
Additional Information

All specimens positive with an s/c ratio between 1.00 and 10.99 are weakly reactive and require confirmation before being considered a positive test. Any reactive anti-HCV result will reflex to a confirmatory Hepatitis C Virus RNA by PCR, Quantitative (QHCV) assay to determine if there is ongoing infection. By ordering this test the clinician acknowledges that additional reflex testing will be performed and billed at a separate additional charge if indicated.

Billing
CPT Code
86803
Fee Code
32044
LOINC
5198-7
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