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Hepatitis B e Antigen

Item Value
Approval req'd? Yes, contact Immunology at x3-1712
Available Stat? No
Test code HBE
Test group Hepatitis
Performed by UC Davis
Sendout? Yes
Method Microtiter
Container type Gold top
Amount to Collect 2 mL blood
Sample type Serum
Preferred volume 1 mL serum
Min. Volume 0.3 mL serum
Processing notes Refrigerate serum, store in plastic tube. Order UCD Test code HBEHE.
Normal range Negative
Synonyms HBeAg; HBV; e antigen; e Ag
Turn around times Test run Wednesday. Turnaround time: 2-7 days.
Additional information HBeAg is a marker of extensive viral replication found almost exclusively in HBsAg-positive sera (in rare mutants not expressing HBsAg, HBeAg can remain positive. Persistently HBeAg-positive patients are more infectious than HBeAg-individuals, more likely to develop chronic liver disease, have less satisfactory results following liver transplantation, and may be candidates for alpha-interferon therapy.

NOTE: HBIG and HBV vaccine are administered to neonates, intimate contacts and recipients of needle sticks on the basis of HBsAg positivity, even if the mother/index case is HBeAg-negative.

Positive results are automatically forwarded to California public health per regulations. However, this does not absolve the ordering provider from any additional reporting if such is required.
LOINC code 32178-6
Last Updated 1/20/2012 3:44:54 PM
Entry Number 480
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