The HBe antigen assay, in conjunction with other serological and clinical information, can be used for the determination and management of chronic hepatitis B infection.
This assay should not be used for the diagnosis of acute Hepatitis B infection.
This test may exhibit interference when sample is collected from a person who is consuming a supplement with a high dose of biotin (also termed as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R). It is recommended to ask all patients who may be indicated for this test about biotin supplementation. Patients should be cautioned to stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.
Gold serum separator (SST) tube
Spin and separate
Ambient (preferred) - 7 days
Refrigerated - 7 days
Frozen - 1 year
Freeze/thaw cycles stable x3
Immunochemiluminometric assay (ICMA)