Hepatitis B Core Antibody, IgM
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description:
Can be used to help detect acute and chronic HBV infections; the IgM antibody is the first antibody produced after infection with HBV.

Methodology
Immunoassay (IA)

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.

Reference Range(s)
Non-Reactive

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

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.