Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Hepatitis A IgM antibody Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is used to detect Hepatitis A IgM antibody in serum"," for the diagnosis of active Hepatitis A virus infections.


Anti-HAV IgM"," Antibody to Hepatitis A Virus IgM"," HAVAb IgM

Patient Preparation

Patients taking biotin supplement are advised to abstain at least 72 hours to sample collection for more precise results.

Sample Type

Serum or plasma

Sample volume

1 mL

Sample collection Container

Red-top tube"," gel-barrier tube"," or lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Sample collection instructions

If sample is not collected in gel-barrier tube"," separated plasma or serum should be transferred to a plastic transport tube.

Sample storage

stable at room temperature/refrigerated/frozen for 14 days

Reference range


Results Turnaround

1-2 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Positive Hepatitis A IgM in blood"," presents with Extreme tiredness"," Loss of appetite"," Muscle aches and pains"," Nausea and vomiting"," Low-grade fever"," Dark urine"," Light-colored bowel movements"," jaundice "," Pain in the upper right part of your belly and Itchy skin