What is the role of lab tests in the workup of HBV-caused viral arthritis?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Rabea Ahmed Khouqeer, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The following tests may be ordered for hepatitis B virus (HBV):

  • Bilirubin and transaminase levels – These are commonly elevated but may be normal in the early stage of disease when arthritis is present
  • Serum hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis B early antigen (HBeAg), anti-HBsAg IgM (indicative of acute infection), viral DNA, and PCR

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