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Test ID: EAG    
Hepatitis B e Antigen, Serum

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Determining infectivity of hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers

 

Monitoring infection status of individuals with chronic hepatitis B

 

Monitoring serologic response of chronically HBV-infected patients receiving antiviral therapy

 

Determining the level of hepatitis Be antigen

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Hepatitis Be antigen (HBeAg) is found in the early phase of hepatitis B infection soon after hepatitis B surface antigen becomes detectable. Serum levels of both antigens rise rapidly during the period of viral replication. The presence of HBeAg correlates with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infectivity, the number of infectious virions, and the presence of HBV core antigen in the infected hepatocytes.

 

In HBV carriers and patients with chronic hepatitis B, positive HBeAg results usually indicate presence of active HBV replication and high infectivity. A negative HBeAg result indicates very minimal or no HBV replication.

 

See the following in Special Instructions:

-HBV Infection-Diagnostic Approach and Management Algorithm

-Viral Hepatitis Serologic Profiles

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Negative

See Viral Hepatitis Serologic Profiles in Special Instructions.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Presence of hepatitis Be antigen (HBeAg) and absence of HBe antibody (anti-HBe) usually indicate active hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication and high infectivity.

 

Absence of HBeAg with appearance of anti-HBe is consistent with loss of HBV infectivity.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Biotin (vitamin B7) is a common ingredient in multivitamins and dietary supplements to enhance hair, nail, and skin growth. Biotin can interfere with the assay performance and cause possible false-negative hepatitis Be antigen (HBeAg) and false-positive anti-HBe results. Patients should be instructed to stop taking such multivitamins and dietary supplements for at least 24 hours prior to blood collection.

 

Disappearance of HBeAg or appearance of anti-HBe in serum does not completely rule-out chronic hepatitis B carrier state or infectivity.

 

Performance characteristics of this assay have not been established in patients under the age of 2 or in populations of immunocompromised or immunosuppressed patients. This assay is not licensed by FDA for testing cord blood specimens or screening donors of blood, plasma, human cell, or tissue products.

 

Performance characteristics have not been established for the following specimen characteristics:

-Grossly icteric (total bilirubin level >20 mg/dL)

-Grossly lipemic (triolein level >3000 mg/dL)

-Grossly hemolyzed (hemoglobin level >61 mg/dL)

-Specimen containing particulate matter

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Bonino F, Piratvisuth T, Brunetto MR, Liaw YF: Diagnostic markers of chronic hepatitis B infection and disease. Antivir Ther. 2010;15(3):35-44

2. Servoss JC, Friedman LS: Serologic and molecular diagnosis of hepatitis B virus. Clin Liver Dis. 2004;8:267-281

3. Terrault NA, Bzowej NH, Chang KM, et al: AASLD guidelines for treatment of chronic hepatitis B. Hepatology 2016;63:261-283

4. LeFebre ML, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement.  Ann Intern Med. 2014;161:58-66 doi:10.7326/M14-1018

5. Jackson K, Locarnini S, Gish R: Diagnostics of hepatitis B virus: Standard of care and investigational.  Clin Liver Dis (Hoboken). 2018;12(1):5-11 doi: 10.1002/cld.729.

6. Coffin CS, Zhou K, Terrault NA: New and old biomarkers for diagnosis and management of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Gastroenterol. 2019;156:355-368doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.11.037.

7. WHO Guidelines Development Group: World Health Organization guidelines on hepatitis B and C testing. World Health Organization; 2017. Accessed September 29, 2020. Available at www.who.int/hepatitis/publications/guidelines-hepatitis-c-b-testing/en/

8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing and public health management of persons with chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Accessed April 8, 2020. Available at www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/testingchronic.htm

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test