|Last Updated: February 1, 2023 @ 10:13 am|
Hepatitis C Virus Antibody [Medicare Screening]
|Stability:||Ambient: 3 Day(s); Refrigerated: 3 Week(s); Frozen: 3 Month(s); Incubated: Unacceptable|
|Interpretive Data:||General Reference Range : negative |
ANTI-HCV INTERPRETIVE NOTES:
NEGATIVE: NO SEROLOGIC EVIDENCE OF CURRENT OR PAST HEPATITIS C VIRUS INFECTION.
POSITIVE: IF ANTI-HCV POSITIVE IS A TRUE POSITIVE, THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT OR PAST HEPATITIS C VIRUS INFECTION. AT LEAST 70% OF THESE PATIENTS ARE OR WILL BECOME CHRONIC CARRIERS OF HEPATITIS C, WITH RISK OF CHRONIC ACTIVE HEPATITIS, CIRRHOSIS, AND/OR HEPATOMA. ANTI-HCV IS NOT PROTECTIVE. PATIENTS POSITIVE FOR ANTI-HCV SHOULD BE CONSIDERED INFECTIVE FOR HEPATITIS C. TEST FOR HCV RNA TO IDENTIFY CURRENT INFECTION.
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