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Hepatitis B and C Real-time PCR

Request Forms-

  1. Hepatitis B PCR
  2. Hepatitis C PCR
  3. Sample Collection Guide

Sample collection / storage / transport

·         5 ml of blood sample collected into a disposable EDTA tube should be sent to MRI in ice (40C) as early as possible (maximum delay – 48 hours)

·         The sample should be stored at 40C until transport

·         Sample collection can be conducted at MRI for patients between 8 am – 12 pm on week days (Monday to Friday)


Important points

·         Hepatitis B/ C real-time PCR is an expensive test and should be ordered only when there is a real indication.

·         The test should always be authorized by a Consultant.

·         Serology results should always be available before requesting this test (Special situations should be discussed with the Consultant Virologist).

·         2 ml of blood should be sent in a plain bottle for the confirmation of HCV Ab result along with the sample for HCV PCR.