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Overview

HEV IgM antibody detection is a crucial diagnostic tool for Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection, a viral illness primarily transmitted through contaminated water and food. The presence of IgM antibodies in the blood indicates an acute or recent HEV infection. This serological test allows healthcare professionals to distinguish between acute and chronic phases of HEV infection. Timely detection of HEV IgM antibodies is particularly important as it aids in early diagnosis, guiding appropriate clinical management and public health interventions. The prevalence of HEV varies globally, with regions facing inadequate sanitation more susceptible to outbreaks. Thus, HEV IgM antibody testing plays a crucial role in epidemiological surveillance, helping to identify and control HEV infections and prevent the potential spread of the virus.

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HEV IgM Antibody Price

Metropolis Healthcare is a leading diagnostics centre and pathology lab in India equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technologies that provides the HEV IgM Antibody with a clear pricing structure.

The HEV IgM Antibody Price in Mumbai is ₹ 1,680 .

We are committed to deliver accurate and quality results from the best labs in India with complete transparency regarding test cost and turnaround time. No matter where you are, we strive to offer patients high-quality service that is affordable and accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions

This test measures the levels of IgM antibodies to the hepatitis E virus in your blood. In the context of the hepatitis E virus, IgM antibodies signify acute infection. Testing for these antibodies is pivotal for early detection and appropriate management of the viral illness.

This test is mainly done to:

  • Diagnose acute hepatitis E infection
  • Monitor the progression and resolution of hepatitis E
  • Confirm a suspected hepatitis E infection
  • Identify recent exposure to the hepatitis E virus
  • Assess the need for treatment and management of hepatitis E

Your doctor may recommend this test if you:

  • Have symptoms of hepatitis, such as fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, and dark urine
  • Have been exposed to someone with hepatitis E
  • Live in or have travelled to an area with a high prevalence of hepatitis E
  • Have a history of consuming contaminated food or water

The normal range for this test is negative, indicating no detectable levels of IgM antibodies to the hepatitis E virus. However, abnormal results do not necessarily mean that you have a severe or chronic form of hepatitis E. Further evaluation and interpretation of the test results by your doctor are necessary.

  • Positive or equivocal results indicate an active or recent infection with hepatitis E.
  • Negative results indicate the absence of detectable IgM antibodies to the hepatitis E virus.

The collection of a blood sample for this test involves a simple procedure:

  • A healthcare professional will clean the area around your arm and insert a needle to draw a blood sample.
  • After the sample is taken, pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding, and a bandage will be placed on the puncture site.

To prepare for this test, remember the following points:

  • No fasting is required.
  • Inform your doctor about any medications, supplements, or herbal remedies you are taking, as they may interfere with the test results.
  • Follow any additional instructions provided by your doctor regarding any specific preparations before the test.

Other tests that may be ordered alongside the HEV IgM Antibody by EIA (Serum) test include:

  • Hepatitis A, B, and C tests: To rule out co-infection with other types of viral hepatitis
  • Liver function tests: To assess liver health and function
  • PCR testing: To detect and measure the amount of hepatitis E virus genetic material in the blood

Hepatitis E is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver. It is usually caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV). Most cases of hepatitis E resolve on their own without treatment, but in some cases, it can cause severe liver disease, especially in pregnant women and individuals with pre-existing liver conditions.

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