Hepatitis C PCR Quantitative


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Quest Diagnostics Test Code: 35645

The clinical symptoms of an HCV infection are variable. Infection with HCV results in a chronic infection in 50 to 80% of cases. The “window” between HCV acquisition and sero-reactivity is highly variable; up to six months.

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is one of the several viruses that cause hepatitis. It is severely contagious, being spread mostly through unprotected sex and contaminated blood. Hepatitis is a form of liver inflammation and enlargement which can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. HCV PCR test measures the amount of HCV genetic material in the blood. This lab test is performed in the early stages of the infection of soon after possible exposure since viral DNA is present in the blood earlier than antibodies. This lab test is a quantitative test, meaning that a numerical value is given.

This lab test is performed in following conditions such as:

• Jaundice
• Fever
• Fatigue
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea and vomiting
• Dark urine and/or pale colored stool
• Abdominal pain


This Hepatitis C testing does not have any special requirements.


Specimen Collected
  • Blood
Estimated Time Taken

Turnaround for the Hepatitis C RNA PCR Quantitative test is typically 5-7 business days.