Sign in →

Test Code DCP (PDL Code) / DCP (Mayo Code) Des-Gamma-Carboxy Prothrombin (DCP), Serum

Important Note

This test replaces FPIV and PIVKA.

Reporting Name

Des-Gamma-Carboxy Prothrombin, S

Useful For

Risk assessment of patients with chronic liver disease for development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)


An aid in the monitoring of HCC patients post therapy if des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (DCP) level was elevated prior to therapy. An elevated DCP level is associated with increased risk of recurring HCC.

Method Name

Isotachophoresis with Laser-Induced Fluorescence

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


Specimen Required

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Red top

Acceptable: Serum gel

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send an Oncology Test Request Form (T729) with the specimen


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.2 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum Frozen (preferred) 90 days
  Refrigerated  7 days

Reject Due To


Mild OK; Gross reject


Mild OK; Gross OK





Reference Values

<7.5 ng/mL

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Result ID Reporting Name LOINC Code
DCP Des-Gamma-Carboxy Prothrombin, S 34444-0

Test Classification

This test has been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.