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What to do about hepatitis b antigen, hep b core igm - acute or chronic?

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Dr. Jane Eason
34 years experience
Hep B: Hep B core IgM antibody is only present in acute infection. The IgM will then be lost, and you develop Heb B core antibody total (IgG) that persists for life. After acute infection, one hopefully loses the surface antigen and develops surface antibody, which indicates lifelong immunity. The surface antibody also persists for life. If persisting surface antigen, this indicates chronic infection.
Last updated Jun 26, 2014

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