A Reference hepatitis Opens New Window panel is a blood test used to find markers of hepatitis infection. Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver.
There are different hepatitis panels. Some tests look for proteins (Reference antibodies Opens New Window) that the body makes to fight the infection. Other tests look for Reference antigens Opens New Window or the genetic material (Reference DNA Opens New Window or Reference RNA Opens New Window) of the viruses that cause hepatitis. A common panel checks for:
- Hepatitis A IgM antibodies (HA Ab-IgM).
- Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).
- Hepatitis B IgM core antibody (HBcAb-IgM).
- Hepatitis C antibodies (HC Ab).
Your doctor may order a hepatitis panel if you have symptoms of hepatitis. These symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellowing of your eyes or skin (Reference jaundice Opens New Window), dark yellow urine, and feeling very tired. This blood test also may be done if you were recently exposed to a hepatitis virus, even if you do not have symptoms.
For more information, see the topics:
- Reference Hepatitis A Virus Test.
- Reference Hepatitis B Virus Test.
- Reference Hepatitis C Virus Test.
If the term "w/reflex" is listed in your test results, this means that the blood test was repeated to confirm a positive result on your first hepatitis blood test. A positive result may mean that you have hepatitis antibodies from a recent infection.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 6, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology