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Hepatitis E Serology

Microbiology


Specimen

Blood sample (serum)

Specimen container

Gold top clotted (5ml)

Special Instructions

Please give details of following clinical symptoms:

  • Acute Jaundice
  • Malaise
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • ALT>400
  • Add date of onset of illness
  • Please indicate whether patient is pregnant or immunocompromised/immunosuppressed
  • Indicate whether the patient may have consumed undercooked pork

Acute Hep E is mostly (60%) asymptomatic. In cases of acute hepatitis, also request Hepatitis A IgM, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Test Usage

Hepatitis E IgG + IgM are used for the diagnosis of acute infection. This is particularly important in all cases of acute hepatitis, and in pregnant or immunocompromised patients.

Hepatitis E PCR is performed on pregnant, immunocompromised and immunosuppressed patients.  This test is sent to PHE Colindale and takes 7-10 days.

Availability

Local test

Processing Time

48-72 hours

Reference

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hepatitis-e

(Key words: HepE)

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