Hepatitis B – Serology Test Ordering Instructions

Type of Test

To order "Chronic"

Tests that will be performed:

  • HBsAg
  • HBcAb Total (IgG+IgM)

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To order "Acute"

Tests that will be performed:

  • HBsAg
  • HBcAb Total (IgG+IgM)
  • HBcIgM
    • Note: HBcIgM will be performed only if HBcAb (IgG + IgM) Total is reactive

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To order "Immunity"

Tests that will be performed: Anti-HBs

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Combination of tests

Tests that will be performed:

  • HbsAg
  • HbcAb Total (IgG+IgM)
  • Anti-HBs
    • Note: A reason for testing must be indicated in section 5 – “Reason for Test”of the General Test Requisition, in addition to completion of the “Hepatitis Serology” Box. e.g. Dialysis, Fertility, etc.

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To order the following combination of tests

Tests that will be performed:

  • HbsAg
    HbcAb Total
  • (IgG+IgM)*HBeAg and/or HBeAb

Note: Indicate HBeAg and/or HBeAb in Section 3 – “Test(s) Requested”of the General Test Requisition, in addition to completion of the “Hepatitis Serology” Box.

*Testing for HBeAg and/or HBeAb will only be performed if HBsAg is reactive.

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To order the following combination of tests

Tests that will be performed:

  • HBsAg
  • Anti-HBs

Note: Do NOT use the Checkboxes in the Hepatitis Serology Box. Leave it blank. Indicate “Hepatitis B exposure” in section 5 – “Reason for Test”of the General Test Requisition.

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To order the following individual tests

  • HBeAg or
  • HBeAb or
  • HBcIgM

Note: Do NOT use the Checkboxes in the Hepatitis Serology Box. Leave it blank. Enter the specific Test(s) in section 3 – “Test(s) Requested”of the General Test Requisition.

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Updated 8 April 2019