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Test Code BLOD0670 Dilute Russell Viper Venom Time (Lupus-Like Anticoagulant)

Useful For

Detecting the presence of lupus anticoagulants



Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Laboratory Services

Specimen Requirements

Specimen must arrive and be tested within 4 hours of draw.


Specimen Type: Whole blood
Container/Tube: Blue top (3.2% sodium citrate).

Specimen Volume: 1 full Blue top

Collection Instructions: Click here to link to a You Tube video tutorial

1. Immediately after draw, invert tubes several times to mix blood with additive.

2. Send specimen in original tubes.

3. If there is a delay in transport of >4 hours, specimens must be double-centrifuged to prepare platelet-free plasma specimens as follows:

a. Immediately centrifuge at 3,200 rpm for 15 minutes.

b. Carefully remove plasma from cells avoiding platelet/buffy coat, and transfer plasma into a plastic tube.

c. Centrifuge plastic tube at 3,200 rpm for 15 minutes.

d. Carefully remove top portion of plasma and transfer plasma into a plastic tube leaving approximately 250 mcL in bottom to discard.

e. Double-centrifuged plasma should be aliquoted (0.5 mL-1 mL each) into clearly labeled plastic tubes. (Glass vial is not acceptable.)

Note: Number of tests ordered will determine number of aliquots needed, generally 1 aliquot per test.

f. Specimens should be frozen at <-40° C, if possible, and sent together in same container with at least 5 lbs of dry ice. Specimens must arrive in a frozen state.

Additional Information:

1. Double-centrifuged specimens are critical for accurate results as platelet contamination may cause spurious results.

Specimen Rejection: Patient must not be receiving heparin or Coumadin.

Specimen Transport Temperature

Whole blood-Ambient


Specimen Stability


Specmen Type Temperature Time
Whole Blood (unspun) Ambient 4 hours
Plasma Na Citrate (double spun) Frozen 14 days


Reference Values

0.90-1.19 Ratio

Additional Information

  • Includes Dilute Russell Viper Venom Time [DRVVT] (lupus anticoagulant) screen
  • If screen is positive, then DRVVT confirmation will be performed at an additional charge

Day(s) Test Set Up


Test Classification and CPT Coding

85612-Russel viper venom time-undiluted

85613-Russel viper venom time-diluted