Hepatitis B Virus
Investigations Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

Serology Tests
anti-HBc total and IgM
(HBeAg and anti-HBe)

Molecular Tests
Inform lab before sending No, except for URGENT SAMPLES. Contact the laboratory on 0151 706 4410 to request urgent testing, including HBV DNA.
Specimen type Serology
Clotted blood: 5ml Clot activator and separation gel (GOLD CAPPED) container.

EDTA: 4ml blood into a EDTA (LAVENDER CAPPED) container.
Ideal time to take specimen  
Labelling requirements click here
How to take the specimen  
Transport to the laboratory If transport is delayed then store at +4°C
Test Times Serology: Daily
HBV DNA: 3 times a week
Turnround Serology: 3 working days
HBV DNA: 5 working days
Additional information EDTA specimen is not suitable for all HBV serology markers but can be sent for post-vaccination anti-HBs if necessary.
Additional Examination Requests click here


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