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Laboratory Testing for Hepatitis A and E



Hepatitis A Diagnosis

Slide 6

September 2008

Hepatitis A diagnosis depends on a strong clinical suspicion in those individuals with clinical findings suggestive of viral hepatitis belong with epidemiologic exposures to potential sources of contaminated food or water.  The diagnosis can then be confirmed by laboratory testing and specifically serologic tests for Hepatitis A specific IgM is sufficient to determine the presence of acute Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A-specific total antibodies will be present for those with acute infection, but it is more useful for determining a past infection or immunity to Hepatitis A vaccines.

Hepatitis A Diagnosis

 


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