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HEPATITIS B CORE ANTIBODY, TOTAL (HBC-AB), QUALITATIVE

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code HBTC
Performed by? Chemistry
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability Daily, Mon - Fri
Principle Microparticle Chemiluminometric Immunoassay.
Interpretation This test is most useful to document chronic active hepatitis B in patients who are surface antibody negative and indicates past infection with hepatitis B in patients who are surface antigen negative. This test is performed if past infection with hepatitis B is suspected in an asymptomatic patient, Hep B Surface Antibody is the first choice, followed by Hepatitis B Core Total Antibody to identify patients who do not have detectable surface antibody. If acute Hepatitis B is suspected, Hep B Core IGM (see previous test) should be ordered.
Container type gold top gel tube
Amount to Collect 2 mL
Sample type Blood
Normal range negative
Synonyms HBC-AB;
Stability 2 days at 2-8°C and 1 month at -20°C.
References 1. Advia Centaur Assay Manual, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics, Malvern, PA. Pub# 07572458, Rev. D, 2005-01.

2. Stites D: Medical Immunology, Lange, 2001.

3. Maruyam T: Distinguishing between acute and symptomatic chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Gastroenterology 106:1006-1015, (1994).
CPT coding 86704
Last Updated 10/22/2012 6:23:53 PM
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