Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection that may cause severe to mild illness. It can be characterized by enlargement of the liver or inflammation.
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) HAV-IgG antibody test helps to identify the several causes of hepatitis and the presence of antibodies in the bloodstream.
In acute hepatitis, the doctor may ask to take other tests such as liver panel, bilirubin, ALT and AST to diagnose the condition of the patient.
Why get tested?
The doctor may ask to take the test if the patient experiences symptoms of acute hepatitis such as
Loss of appetite
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
Dark urine and/or pale-colored stool
Generally, the doctor may advise the patient to take the test to diagnose the presence of first antibodies in the bloodstream produced when the body is exposed to hepatitis A. This test can be performed as a part of an acute viral hepatitis panel.
This test includes
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) HAV-IgG antibody
Following preparation are required before taking the Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) HAV-IgG antibody test:
The doctor may advise not to have intercourse for at least a week or 10 days before taking the test.
The doctor may advise the patient to fast at least 10-12 hours before the test is required.
It is important to inform the doctor about the medications that are being taken by the patient.
It is important to inform the doctor about any underlying medical condition or allergies before taking the Hepatitis A Virus - Total Antibody test.