Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests
Hepatitis B (anti HBc) antibody Test in Kenya
Brief DescriptionThis is a blood test"," used for detection of Hepatitis B core antibody for the diagnosis os past or current hepatitis B infections.
SynonymsAnti-HBc"," Antibody to Hepatitis B Core Antigen"," Core Antibody"," HBV
Patient PreparationPatients taking biotin supplement are advised to abstain at least 72 hours to sample collection for more precise results.
Sample TypeSerum or plasma
Sample volume1 mL
Sample collection ContainerRed-top tube"," gel-barrier tube"," or lavender-top (EDTA) tube
Sample collection instructionsIf sample is not collected in gel-barrier tube"," separated plasma or serum should be transferred to a plastic transport tube.
Sample storagestable at room temperature/refrigerated/frozen for 14 days
Results Turnaround1-2 days after receipt of samples
Diseases / Diagnostic IndicatorsReactive anti-HBc results"," is associated with Fever"," Joint pain"," Loss of appetite"," Nausea and vomiting"," Weakness and fatigue"," and jaundice for individuals with current infects but asymptomatic to individuals with a past infection.