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HEPATITIS Be VIRUS ANTIGEN

Mnemonic

HEP BE AG

Synonym

HBeAg

Guidelines

Order this assay only when a specimen is repeatedly reactive for hepatitis B surface antigen.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one 4.0 mL gold (SST), also acceptable: 3.0 mL mint green (lithium heparin, PST) or 3.0 mL lavender (EDTA) top tube

Handling

Separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL Serum/Plasma

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Heat-inactivated, grossly hemolyzed or lipemic specimens, specimens containing particulate material or collected in citrate-based anticoagulant

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS: Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 6 days; Frozen: Indefinitely (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

2-3 days

Method

Enzyme Immunoassay

Referral Lab

ARUP (20094)

Reference Values

Reference Values

Non-reactive

CPT Codes

87350

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:41:12 AM


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