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Hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis B serology, HBV testing

Category Virology
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Detection of antibodies to hepatitis B surface antigen. Acute illness causes liver inflammation, vomiting and jaundice. Chronic hepatitis B may eventually cause cirrhosis and liver cancer. The infection is preventable by vaccination.

Clinical Indications

Acute jaundice, history of IVDU or other risk behaviour.

Sample & container required RST (rust top)
Sample volume 5 mL
Turnaround time 3 days (Confirmation: non-negatives up to 10 days)

If  hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is positive, further tests for markers of infection HBe-antigen, HBe-antibodies and HB core IgM will be performed. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is included in the routine antenatal screen.

The confirmation test for Hepatitis B surface antigen and core total antibody is currently unaccredited due to a recent relocation of equipment