Hepatitis E Ab

Keywords: Hepatitis E antibody, HEV antibody, HEV

Specimen:

5-10 mL blood in plain tube.

Method:

Immunoassay.

Application:

Acute hepatitis in a patient from an endemic area or who has visited an endemic area when tests for other causes of hepatitis are negative.

Endemic areas include India, SE Asia, China, areas of Africa, Mexico.

Rarely, severe acute hepatitis with negative serology for other causes of viral hepatitis in a person who has not visited an endemic area.

Interpretation:

Anti-HEV antibodies develop early in the course of the illness.

Reference:

Worm HC et al. Microbes Infect. 2002; 4: 657-666.