Hepatitis B Virus
(Microbiology)
Investigations Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

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

Molecular Tests
HBV DNA (TMA)
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: 5-10ml blood into a Serum (WHITE or MUSTARD CAPPED) container.

Molecular
EDTA: 10ml blood into a potassium EDTA (RED 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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