This test is used to screen the blood for the presence of antibodies against hepatitis Be antigen. It aids in the diagnosis of infection of hepatitis B. This test is also helpful for the determination of extent of disease and prognosis of hepatitis. The presence of HBe antibody is indicative of previous infection with the hepatitis virus and development of immunity against it. Thus, HBe antibody positive individuals are at low risk of developing the infection. Individuals with absence of HBe antibody may have chronic hepatitis B infection. This test is used along with other tests (HBV core antigen and IgM detection) to make a valid diagnosis.
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