Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Hepatitis B (HBe) e antigen Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is used to detect Hepatitis B e antigen in serum"," for the diagnosis of active and infectivity of Hepatitis B virus.


HBeAg"," HBV"," hepatitis B"," hepatitis B e-antigen

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

1.5 mL

Sample collection Container

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 for 7 days/frozen for 1 year

Reference range


Results Turnaround

1-3 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Positive Hepatitis B e antigen in serum is associated with high viral load in blood and it shows high infectivity. It is presented with Fever"," Joint pain"," Loss of appetite"," Nausea and vomiting"," Weakness and fatigue"," and jaundice