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Hepatitis Antigen Test For A, B, etc.

Lab Test and Medical Investigation


Hepatitis is an inflammation and enlargement of the liver, usually due to hepatitis virus infection. The hepatitis antigen test is a series of blood tests used to detect and diagnose any infection caused by hepatitis virus strain A, B or C. To perform this test, a blood sample is drawn from a vein in the arm.

When it’s done:

This test is performed when a person shows symptoms of liver damage such as:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue, fever
  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Dark-coloured urine or pale-coloured stools

The test is also used to screen individuals who are at a high risk for developing hepatitis virus infection such as those:

  • Infected with HIV
  • With an elevated level of liver enzymes with an unknown cause
  • With sexually transmitted diseases
  • In close contact with patients infected with hepatitis
  • Suffering from chronic liver disease
  • Undergoing long-term dialysis

When to Avoid:

There is no specific condition when this should be avoided but one should consult his/her physician if he is taking any medication because it may interfere with the test results.

How to prepare:

No preparation is required.


UPDATED ON 15/11/2023

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