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Hepatitis B Core Antibody Blood Test, IgM

A Hepatitis B Core Antibody Blood Test, IgM, measures HBcAb which is an antibody produced in response to the core-antigen, a component of the Hepatitis B virus.

Sample Report

Test Code: 016881

Also Known As: Anti-HBc; IgM; Antibody to Hepatitis B Core Antigen; IgM; HBcAb; IgM.

Methodology: Immunochemiluminometric assay (ICMA)

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.

Description

 

HBcAb is not a protective antibody and is usually present in those chronically infected with Hepatitis B.  A positive or reactive HBcAb indicates a past or present infection, or could be a false positive.  Interpretation of the result depends on Hepatitis B surface antibody and Hepatitis B surface antigen.

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