Anti - HDV  / Hepatitis Delta Virus - Serum

Anti - HDV / Hepatitis Delta Virus - Serum


This test is used to diagnose concurrent Hepatitis D infection in HbsAg positive patients.

This Test Includes

25-Hydroxy Vitamin D (Calcifediol) / Vitamin D

Test Instructions

Total parameters available: 1

Parameter Names:

  • Anti - HDV / Hepatitis Delta Virus - Serum

Test Instructions/Precautions:

  • Alcohol: Please abstain from alcohol before the test
  • Medication :Any pre-existing medication should only be stopped after consultation with the referring Physician
  • Fluids Allowed : Water only


Soft Copy (Portal/Email) : If the sample is collected before 12 noon then the report will get delivered as per Reporting Time / Maximum TAT (Turn Around Time) indicated with the test. For samples collected after 12 Noon, 12 hours may be added to the Report Turn Around TimeHard Copy : Delivered at home upon request. A small convenience fee may apply.

Why it is Done

  • Detection of hepatitis D virus (HDV)-specific total antibodies (combined IgG and IgM) in human serum.
  • Diagnosis of concurrent HDV infection in patients with acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (acute coinfection), chronic HBV infection (chronic coinfection), or acute exacerbation of known chronic HBV infection (HDV superinfection).

What is this test

HDV (Hepatitis D virus) causes the disease Hepatitis D. The virus is a small spherical enveloped virusoid. However, of all the five hepatitis viruses (A, B, C, D, E), HDV is said to be a sub viral satellite. It depends upon the presence of Hepatitis B virus. Liver diseases that are linked to Hepatitis B and D viruses are more severe than those patients infected with hepatitis B virus. This is one of the primary reasons why this test is necessary. Anti HDV antibody testing is done when a patient complains of abrupt onset of nausea, anorexia, jaundice, liver disease. About 20 million of the population is infected by HDV. The young generation comprising of the age group 20s and 30s are mostly infected with the virus. Presence of antibody Hepatitis D and HBsAg shows a co-infection. Such patients are susceptible to chronic hepatitis. Therefore anti HDV antibody testing is recommended for all patients with Hepatitis B infected virus. There can be acute HDV infection when there is a co-infection with HDV and HBV viruses, Superinfection due to chronic HBV carriers and HDV, and thirdly by hepatocytes by HDV.