Hepatitis B Panel Blood Test
Test Code: 006530, 006718, 006510
Specimen Type: Blood
Hepatitis B Panel Blood Test (Labcorp)
The Hepatitis B Panel is a series of blood tests used to detect current or past infections with the Hepatitis B virus. It can also be used to verify the status of immunity to Hepatitis B. The three tests included in this panel are the Surface Antibody, Surface Antigen, and Core Antibody.
Hep B is a viral liver infection which is spread through exposure to infected blood or bodily fluids. It is the most common cause of acute viral Hepatitis. Hepatitis B infections often show no symptoms but when symptoms do occur they are often described as flu-like. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, joint pain, fatigue, jaundice, and dark colored urine. Chronic Hep B infections can cause serious health complications such as Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer.
To gain a comprehensive understanding of Hepatitis B, this three part panel covers many aspects regarding the timeline of a possible infection.
- The Hepatitis B Surface Antibody looks for clinical recovery or subsequent natural or vaccinated immunity to Hepatitis B. The results are quantitative.
- The Hepatitis B Surface Antigen is the earliest indicator of the presence of acute infection.
- The Hepatitis B Core Antibody is used in conjunction with the other Hepatitis B tests to assess the stage of Hepatitis B infection.
This panel is typically ordered by people who are experiencing symptoms, believe they may have been exposed to Hep B, or wish to determine their current state of immunity.
For additional testing options, please see our Hepatitis Category.
Turnaround time for the Hepatitis B Panel is typically 1 business day for all three components.
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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Hep B Surface Ab is typically detectable at 1-2 months after vaccination or successful treatment.
Hep B Surface Antigen is typically detectable at 4-12 weeks from exposure or any time after.
Hep B Core Ab is typically detectable at 6-18 weeks after exposure or any time after.
It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.STD Overview