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Hepatitis A Antibody, Total (IgM & IgG)

Updated

10/2/2009

Other Names
Anti-HAV Total, HAV Ab Total
How to Order
Check the Hepatitis A Total Antibody box on the Virology/Immunology Request Form (form 42) and complete the reason for test under Billing Information Only
Availability All clients
Methodology
Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
Performed Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time to Reporting 1 to 3 working days after receipt of specimen
CPT Code
86708


Specimen Collection Details

Collection
One 7 ml red top tube or serum separator tube (SST). Also acceptable are specimens collected with anticoagulants such as EDTA and heparin. Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully when using anticoagulant tube containers to avoid improper dilution. Lipemic, icteric, or hemolyzed specimens give acceptable results.
Optimal Volume Blood: 5 ml; Serum 1.0 ml
Minimum Volume Blood: 3 ml; Serum 0.5 ml
Handling
After blood clots, keep specimen refrigerated until transport. DO NOT FREEZE. If possible remove the serum from the clot as soon as possible. Sample must be tested within 7 days of collection.   
Transport
Refrigerated at 2-8° C. 
Rejection Criteria Specimens contaminated with bacteria or particulate matter, cadaver specimens, and samples collected using citrate anticoagulants. Heat-inactivated samples should be avoided. 
Comments
This assay is indicated for use as an aid in the clinical laboratory diagnosis of current or previous hepatitis A virus infection and as an aid in identification of HAV- susceptible individuals for vaccination. This assay tests for both IgM and IgG but does not differentiate between them. This test is intended for use in the qualitative determination of total antibodies to hepatitis A virus in human serum or plasma.