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Hepatitis Be Antigen Blood Test

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Differential diagnosis, staging, and prognosis of hepatitis B infection.

Test #006619


Availability: In stock

Also Known As HBeAg
Preparation No fasting required. Stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection.
Test Results 2-3 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


HBeAg appears in acute B hepatitis with or shortly after HBsAg, when the patient is most infectious. HBeAg is found only in HBsAg-positive sera. During the HBeAg-positive state, usually three to six weeks, hepatitis B patients are at increased risk of transmitting the virus to their contacts, including babies born during this period. Exposure to serum or body fluid positive for HBeAg and HBsAg is associated with three to five times greater risk of infectivity than when HBsAg positivity occurs alone. Persistence of HBeAg is associated with chronic liver disease

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