Viral Hepatitis

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Brief Description

Hepatitis A IgM, Hepatitis B

Laboratory Unit

Virology

Methodology

EIA

Specimen Collection

Red Top Tube

Storage/Transport

Room Temperature/Refrigerated

Acceptable Specimen
Type(s)

Whole Blood
Serum

Test Request Form(s)

Virology Test Request Form

Possible Results

Varies by test method.

Reference Range

Negative for hepatitis antibody or antigen

Unacceptable Conditions

Hemolyzed
Lipemic
No name on specimen

Interfering Substances

Healthcare providers should limit use of IgM anti-HAV testing to persons with evidence of clinical hepatitis or to those who have had recent exposure to an HAV-infected person. Use of IgM anti-HAV as a screening tool for asymptomatic persons or as part of testing panels for the workup of non-acute liver function abnormalities is discouraged.

Positive Test Results for Acute Hepatitis A Virus Infection Among Persons With No Recent History of Acute Hepatitis --- United States, 2002--2004

Result Reported

Hepatisis A - Day of receipt

Hepatitis B - 7 days

Fees

N/A

CPT Codes

N/A

LOINC/SNOMED Codes

N/A

Additional Information

Hepatitis A provided only for diagnosis of acute illness.

See Hepatitis Criteria Letter for Hepatitis B program requirements.