Specimens are screened for the presence of Hepatitis B surface antigen. Hepatitis B Surface Antigen is the first antigen to appear following an infection and can be detected serologically as an aid in the lab diagnosis of acute hepatitis infection. The performance of this assay has not been established with cord blood, neonatal specimens, cadaver specimens, heat-inactivated samples or body fluids other than serum.
Specimen may be stored at room temperature up to 8 hours; specimen should be frozen if assay will not be completed within 72 hours of collection.
- Australia Antigen
- Hepatitis Associated Antigen
- Hepatitis B Antigen
- HEPATITIS B SURFACE ANTIGEN
STAT requests for this test will be performed on a STAT basis (supervisory staff approval is not required).
Collect specimen in an SST or red top tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and refrigerate up to 14 days (3 days in primary tube) or freeze for longer storage.