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Hepatitis B Core Antibody (IgM)

 
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Clinical Significance

Hepatitis B core-specific IgM class antibody has been detected in most acute infections and is a reliable marker for acute disease. In some cases, hepatitis B core IgM antibody may be the only specific marker for the diagnosis of acute infection with hepatitis B virus.

Alternative Name(s)

Anti-HBc, IgM

Test Code

4848

CPT Code(s)

86705

Reference Range(s)

Non-Reactive

Limitations

Results obtained from immunosuppressed patients should be interpreted with caution. Patients receiving mouse antibody therapy may produce false-negative results. False-positives may be detected shortly after immunization to influenza and with patients with hypergammaglobulinemia, positive rheumatoid factor, and connective tissue disorders.



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