HEV antibody (IgM)

Performed by reference laboratory
Reference range: 

Negative and positive

Sample type and Volume required: 
200 ul serum or 4 – 5 ml clotted blood
Turnaround time: 
3-6 working days _2 - 3 days for urgent samples._
Special sample instructions: 

(i) Diagnosis of an infectious disease should not be established on the basis of a single test result. A precise diagnosis, in fact, should take into consideration the patient’s clinical history, symptomatology, as well as serological data

(ii) Reliable results are dependent on adequate specimen collection, transport and storage.

(iii) Failure to separate whole blood within 6 hours collection.

(iv) Failure to label specimen with patient name, date of birth and precise identifier

(v) Failure to fill in a consultation-request form, in particular clinical information and doctor to be notified of findings.

Storage and transport: 
Store whole blood at 2 – 25°C for no longer than 48 hours. Separate serum from whole blood within 48 hours of collection. Serum or specimens may be stored at 2 – 8°C for up to 7 days or frozen at – 20°C or colder. Whole blood must be transported at 2 – 25°C and processed within 48 hours collection. Serum may be transported at room temperature or 2 – 8°C. _Samples sent by post or by courier must be appropriately labelled and packaged in leak-proof plastic containers in accordance with Post Office regulations. Frozen sera must be similarly packaged and shipped in dry ice. All costs must be met by the sender._
South London Specialist Virology Centre
Results: 02032996155 Medical Advice: 02032996298
King's College Hospital
Cheyne Wing, 2nd Floor (opposite Liver ITU)
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS

DX address: South London (PHL) Kings DX 6570200 Peckham 90SE
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015