Pathology Handbook

Hepatitis B DNA

Synonyms

Hepatitis B PCR

Test Includes

Detection of Hepatitis B virus by polymerase chain recation (PCR).

Clinical Indications

Early detection of Hepatitis B infection, for example following needlestick involving high risk donor.

Request Form 

Request via the ICE System.

Availability

On request during normal hours; reference laboratory test (Addenbrookes or Birmingham).

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection and any treatment given, to enable the correct test(s) to be performed. If the investigation involves a health care worker please contact the Microbiology Department before collecting the sample.

Turnaround Time

7 to 10 days.

Specimen

Blood.

Volume

7ml.

Container

Purple Top (EDTA).

Vacutainer purple top

Collection

Samples should be transported to the laboratory immediately.

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample.

Delay in sample reaching laboratory.