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Hepatitis B Virus DNA Blood Test, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR

A Hepatitis B Virus DNA Blood Test, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR is used as an aid in the management of patients with chronic HBV infection undergoing antiviral therapy.
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Test Code: 8369

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Methodology: Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 5-7 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Hepatitis B is an STD that is caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Symptoms of Hepatitis B are:

  • appetite loss
  • low-grade fever
  • muscle and joint aches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • yellow skin 
  • dark urine due to jaundice                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

It can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, sharing needles, and from mother to child. The severity of the disease ranges from mild or acute symptoms to more long-term and severe cases that can cause liver disease or liver cancer. The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for those who have not been previously vaccinated.

This test detects hepatitis B viral genetic material and can detect an active HBV infection. Its primary use is to monitor antiviral therapy in patients with chronic HBV infections. 

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