Hepatitis C Antibody

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure: MBL0217A
CPT: 86803

Hepatitis C (HCV)
Synonym(s): Hepatitis C ELISA (HCV) - Serum
Requisition Form G-2A
Test Description Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) to detect human antibodies produced in response to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Serum collected in SST or red top tubes
Minimum Volume/Size Required 500 µL
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping
  • Store at 2°C to 8°C for up to 5 days.
  • Store frozen at -20°C or colder for long term storage.
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, Medical record number)
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Ship according to Dangerous Goods Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.
  • Handle as infectious agent using universal precautions.
  • Triple contained in accordance with federal shipping regulations for infectious agents.
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Method Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)
Turn-around Time 4 working days
Interferences/Limitations Clean, non-hemolyzed specimens are preferred.  Precipitates in specimen should be removed by centrifugation.  Do not use heat treated specimens.
Common Causes for Rejection
  • Insufficient quantity
  • Unacceptable specimen type or source
  • Improper shipping conditions
  • Expired media or collection container
  • Discrepancies between specimen label and submission form
  • Incomplete or missing submission form.
Additional Information A nonreactive result does not exclude the possibility of exposure to hepatitis C virus.  Levels of anti-HCV may be undetectable in early infection.