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Hepatitis B Core Antibody Total Test

Anti-HBc, HBCAb


Test Code: 006718
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Hepatitis B Core Antibody Total Test

This test looks for the presence of Hepatitis B Core (HBc) Antibodies.  Hep B is a viral liver infection that is spread through exposure to infected blood or bodily fluids.  It is the most common cause of acute viral Hepatitis.  Core antibodies are produced by the body's immune system in response to the inner core of the hepatitis B virus.  There are 2 types of core antibodies.  IgM antibodies develop shortly after infection and fade away after a short period of time.  As IgM antibody levels go down, IgG antibodies begin to develop and usually persist indefinitely.  The core antibody test looks for both IgM and IgG antibodies but does not differentiate between them.  Results of this test are qualitative and provide a positive or negative result.  

The presence of core HBc antibodies typically indicates that a person either had Hepatitis B in the past or has a current infection.  The results of this test cannot distinguish between an active or past infection.  A core antibody test is most useful when taken along with other tests such as a Hep B Surface Antigen and Hepatitis B Surface Antibody.  A positive core antibody along with a positive surface antigen typically indicates a recent or current infection.  A positive core antibody along with a positive surface antibody typically indicates that a person has had Hep B in the past, recovered, and now has immunity from future infection.  Request A Test offers a Hepatitis B Panel which includes all 3 tests at a discounted price. 

This test is typically ordered when someone has symptoms of viral hepatitis including jaundice, fever, nausea, dark colored urine, loss of appetite, muscle aches, and stomach pain.  This test may also be ordered when someone is checking the status of their hepatitis B immunity.

Turnaround for this test is typically 1 business day.

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.

Requirements:

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.

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Hepatitis B Core Antibody Total Test

Anti-HBc, HBCAb


Test Code: 501
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Hepatitis B Core Antibody Total Test

This test looks for the presence of Hepatitis B Core (HBc) Antibodies.  Hep B is a viral liver infection that is spread through exposure to infected blood or bodily fluids.  It is the most common cause of acute viral Hepatitis.  Core antibodies are produced by the body's immune system in response to the inner core of the hepatitis B virus.  There are 2 types of core antibodies.  IgM antibodies develop shortly after infection and fade away after a short period of time.  As IgM antibody levels go down, IgG antibodies begin to develop and usually persist indefinitely.  The core antibody test looks for both IgM and IgG antibodies but does not differentiate between them.  Results of this test are qualitative and provide a positive or negative result.  

The presence of core HBc antibodies typically indicates that a person either had Hepatitis B in the past or has a current infection.  The results of this test cannot distinguish between an active or past infection.  A core antibody test is most useful when taken along with other tests such as a Hep B Surface Antigen and Hepatitis B Surface Antibody.  A positive core antibody along with a positive surface antigen typically indicates a recent or current infection.  A positive core antibody along with a positive surface antibody typically indicates that a person has had Hep B in the past, recovered, and now has immunity from future infection.  Request A Test offers a Hepatitis B Panel which includes all 3 tests at a discounted price. 

This test is typically ordered when someone has symptoms of viral hepatitis including jaundice, fever, nausea, dark colored urine, loss of appetite, muscle aches, and stomach pain.  This test may also be ordered when someone is checking the status of their hepatitis B immunity.

Turnaround for this test is typically 1 business day.

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.

Requirements:

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.

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