Hepatitis B Core Antibody Blood Test, IgM
The Hepatitis B Core Antibody Total Blood Test, IgM, detects IgM anti-HBc antibodies to screen for an acute HBV infection.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Hepatitis B Core Antibody Blood Test, IgM, which detects IgM anti-HBc antibodies to screen for an acute HBV infection. Hepatitis B is a virus that causes liver inflammation. Hepatitis B antibody testing can help individuals determine if they've had it before or are immune. It spreads through body fluids, like blood, and can happen during childbirth, sharing needles for drugs, or unprotected sex. Hepatitis B can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Most people with acute hepatitis B get better without treatment in a few weeks to six months. However, some people with acute hepatitis B develop chronic hepatitis B, which lasts longer than six months. Chronic hepatitis B can cause severe liver damage, liver failure, or liver cancer.
Hepatitis B core antibodies appear as an individual develops symptoms of hepatitis, and they remain detectable for life. The results of this test are interpreted alongside other tests to assess recovery from a previous HBV infection and to differentiate between acute and chronic infections. This test detects IgM anti-HBc antibodies.
When should I order a Hepatitis B Core Antibody Blood Test, IgM?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced acute HBV infection symptoms. Common signs or symptoms of an HBV infection include:
- Dark-colored urine
- Gray- or clay-colored stools
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Joints or abdominal pain
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