Hepatitis B Core Antibody, Total

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Risk assessment value

To assist in the determination of immunity to or recovery from Hepatitis B infection.

Normal results

Non-reactive

Abnormal results

Reactive. May indicate past infection. Supportive clinical information including other hepatitis B markers, should also be evaluated.

Additional tests

HBsAg, HBeAg, Anti-HBe and anti-HBs.

Sample needed

Separated serum from red or mottled top tube.

Sample stability

Ten days at room temperature, two weeks when refrigerated, indefinitely when frozen.

Method & instrument

Enzyme Immunoassay measured spectrophotometrically, Bayer Centaur.

Interfering factors

None.

Purpose

Anti-HBc is an indicator of current or previous HBV infection and is helpful in screening programs. It is not associated with recovery from or immunity to Hepatitis B.

Expected range

Non-reactive