Hepatitis A Test Panel

Hepatitis A is tested in our highly rated CLIA certified lab network by drawing an optimal sample of blood from the person who is at risk of contracting the disease and administering the IgM antibody test. The test detects antibodies in the blood released by the body due to the presence of the Hepatitis A (HAV). This is the most accurate and FDA approved test for diagnosing Hepatitis A virus and is completed in a short span of time with results.

How is Hepatitis A tested, is it a blood or urine test?

Hepatitis A is tested by on a blood sample of the infected person. Laboratory personnel draw a small blood sample during your visit to the test center which is then used for testing the HAV virus.

What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

Hepatitis A tests doesn’t require any special preparation. No fasting is necessary for the blood draw and the testing process is usually completed in about 15 minutes.

What do Hepatitis A results mean?

If one tests positive for HAV, this indicated an infection while a negative result means one is not infected with the virus. If positive, treatment should be administered immediately. Immunization is vital as a preventative measure for those who have not been exposed to the virus yet besides taking other precautionary measures that include proper sanitation and hygiene and consumption of clean, treated water.

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Hepatitis A

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a liver disease usually caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus is transmitted when an uninfected or unvaccinated person ingests contaminated food or water. HAV has an incubation period of between 14 and 28 days. Testing after two to seven weeks of exposure gives more accurate results. Hepatitis A does not cause chronic liver infection. In most cases it results in mild infection, but sometimes in extreme cases there can be fatalities. It results from inadequate sanitation, unclean water, and poor hygiene.

What are symptoms of Hepatitis A?

Once Hepatitis A is acquired, the symptoms do not appear immediately. Most individuals develop symptoms after 2-3 weeks. The symptoms may include the following:

  1. Fatigue may vary from mild to moderate and is often worse during the day. Most people have little desire to perform any physical activity because of the constant fatigue.
  2. Nausea and vomiting may occur after a meal but is not severe. Most people develop a sensation of nausea when trying to eat.
  3. Generalized vague pain or discomfort just underneath the right ribs is common and is often the initial feature of the infection. The discomfort is constant and varies in intensity from mild to moderate. Sometimes just pushing on the right side of the upper abdomen may elicit pain.
  4. Some people with moderate to severe hepatitis A infection will develop clay or pale colored stools. This is because the liver function is altered.
  5. Loss of appetite is a common symptom in most people with Hepatitis A infection. Even the sight of food may bring waves of nausea. Mild weight loss may occur over a period of 2-4 weeks. The weight is quickly regained once the infection subsides.
  6. Low-grade fever is a common presentation after Hepatitis A infection. The fever is continuous and often associated with general malaise. The fever does subside with Tylenol.
  7. In individuals with moderate to severe Hepatitis A infection, the urine often becomes dark or appears black. This is a sign of liver dysfunction.
  8. Some people with hepatitis A infection will also develop vague joint pain. The pain is limited to the larger joints of the spine, hips, knees, and shoulder. The pain is mild to moderate and may require non-steroidal antiinflammatory agents.
  9. If Hepatitis A infection is severe, it may also present with yellow skin and eyes. The yellow discoloration, known as jaundice, is most common around the eyes.
  10. Itching is also a common feature of Hepatitis A infection. The itching is chiefly due to accumulation of byproducts (Bilirubin) in the skin. These byproducts are usually broken by the liver but if the liver function is compromised, these pigments start to accumulate in skin and can cause itching

It is important to note that not everyone with Hepatitis A infection will develop symptoms. At least 20-40% of individuals will not have any symptoms and may not even know they have acquired the virus.

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