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Test Code HBCM Hepatitis B Core IgM Antibody

Important Note

This test may be affected by biotin interference. Patients on high dose biotin (5mg/day or more) should not have samples drawn until at least 24 hours after the last biotin administration.

Biohazard Infectious

Specimen Type

Serum

Container/Tube

Red Top

Offsite Collection Instructions

1. Collect sample following standard collection methods
2. Within 2 hours of collection the sample must be spun and
aliquoted
3. Transport refrigerated (2 – 8˚C)

Turnaround Time

4 hours

Test Includes

N/A

Preferred Volume

0.5 mL

Test Usage

This assay may be used in combination with other hepatitis B
virus (HBV) marker assays to define the clinical status of known
HBV infected patients or can be combined with other HBV, HAV
(hepatitis A virus), and HCV (hepatitis C virus) assays for the
diagnosis of patients presenting symptoms of acute viral
hepatitis.

Critical Results

N/A

Test Limitations

The performance of the assay has not been established for
populations of immunocompromised or immunosuppressed patients.

A reactive anti-HBc IgM result does not exclude co-infection by
another hepatitis virus.

Fee Code

69610

UCMC Collection Instructions

1. Collect sample following standard collection methods
2. Within 2 hours of collection the sample must be received in
Laboratory Service Center
3. Transport room temperature (15 – 25˚C)

Stability: Room Temp

Not Stable

Stability: Refrigerated

7 days

Stability: Frozen

3 months

STAT Turnaround Time

N/A

Included in Additional codes

Also included in AHPNL

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.2 mL

DAY(S) AND TIME(S) PERFORMED

24 hours, 7 days a week including holidays.

STAT DAY(S) AND TIME(S) PERFORMED

N/A

CPT

86705

Method Name

Electrochemiluminescence Immunoassay (ECLIA)

Reference Values

NONREACTIVE

This is a qualitative test. The absence of anti-HBc IgM is
considered normal. However, a negative test result does not
exclude
the possibility of exposure and/or infection with hepatitis B
virus.

Reject Due To

Whole blood/unspun samples greater than 6 hours will be
rejected.

Synonyms

N/A

Additional Information

N/A

Coverage Information

N/A