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Hepatitis E Virus PCR

Alias: HEV, Hep E

Discipline: Virology

Test information: Specifically used to monitor the presence of Hepatitis E Virus in susceptible groups of immunocompromised patients. Presence in blood indicates infectivity and active viral replication. Can be detected in blood immediately prior to the onset of symptoms. Becomes undetectable within a few days to weeks after the onset of symptoms.

Availability: Referred to the Micropathology Ltd: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 3 Days upon receipt at Micropathology Ltd

Related Tests: Hepatitis E Virus Serology

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • Hepatitis E Virus RNA;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
5 - 10mL
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Negative / Positive
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 30-05-2023