Description of Medical ServicePolymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is a method used to rapidly make copies of a small DNA sample and amplify it to a large enough amount to study in detail. PCR tests work by taking a sample of blood, saliva, mucus, or tissue. An enzyme called polymerase is added to the sample. This causes the sample to produce copies, which is repeated multiple times. If a virus or pathogen is present, it will be indicated on the testing machine.
Description of Medical ConditionHepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a rare blood-borne virus that occurs in people infected with the hepatitis B virus. The liver disease associated with HDV runs a more progressive course than chronic hepatitis B, and may lead to cirrhosis within 2 years in 10–15% of patients.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeInvestigative technology
Previous Application Number/sNot Applicable
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