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Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)

Antibody to Hepatitis A Virus CPT: 86708

Synonyms

Antibody to Hepatitis A Virus

Special Instructions

This test may exhibit interference when sample is collected from a person who is consuming a supplement with a high dose of biotin (also termed as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R). It is recommended to ask all patients who may be indicated for this test about biotin supplementation. Patients should be cautioned to stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.

Expected Turnaround Time

Within 1 – 2 days

Specimen Requirements

Specimen

Serum or plasma

Volume

1 mL

Minimum Volume

0.4 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)

Container

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

Collection

If tube other than a gel-barrier tube is used, transfer separated serum or plasma to a plastic transport tube.

Storage Instructions

Room temperature

Stability Requirements

Temperature Period
Room Temperature 14 days
Refrigerated 14 days
Frozen 14 days
Freeze/thaw/ cycles Stable x 3

Patient Information

To help diagnose the cause of acute hepatitis; as part of a viral hepatitis panel to identify the type of hepatitis virus causing an infection; sometimes to evaluate the need for the hepatitis A vaccine.

When you have symptoms of an acute hepatitis infection, such as jaundice, or when you may have been exposed to hepatitis A virus (HAV).

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm.

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