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Hep A Total
Hepatitis Lab test: By itself, the total antibody test tells only part of the story. Reactive basically means positive. If you were vaccinated for Hep A, the total Ab will be reactive, so that is good. If you were ever exposed to Hep A, it will also be reactive. You need the IgM and symptoms to see if it's a recent infection. IgG indicates prior infection and helps you resist a new infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would a hepatitis b vaccine be needed for a person who is hepbs ag positive who later becomes hepbs ag negative?
Is it required to get both a hep b surface antigen and hep b surface antibody test for a hep b titer?
Ag looks for virus: Unless checking to see if recently exposed, the hbsab is what the body makes in response to seeing the outer surface (/shell) of the hep b virus, so they can attack if ever see the virus. Should only need the ab test for titer / to confirm vaccine "take.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my titer level to the hep b surface antibody comes back low (less than 5), should I get a booster or repeat the hep b series (3 shots)?
Not necessary: Hepatitis B boosters or revaccination usually is not considered necessary. Even if HBsAb declines to undetectable levels, protection appears to be complete and probably life long. That said, another dose is harmless, and some experts recommend it in some circumstances. But almost certainly you do not need more than a single booster infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does svr for hepatitis C (after therapy) mean total eradication of the virus? Can a man with svr on HCV be infectious to other household members?
Uncertain: The total hep A AB measures both the IgM that is elevated around the time of infection, and the IgG that is elevated for the rest of your life starting several weeks after your exposure to the virus. To really get useful information, you have to separate the IgG and the IgM. It may be possible to do that on the blood sample the lab already has, without getting blood drawn again. ...Read more
Liver biopsy: Liver cancer is a serious cancer and needs to be treated quickly and aggressively. The prognosis depends on a number of factors, including the size, precise location and local/distant spread of the tumor. The oncologist would be able to provide more precise information given the specific details of a case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid toxins: A healthy diet for you and most of the rest of us would consist of eating mostly a plant based diet void of the chemicals found in highly processed foods or antibiotics/hormones found in animal products from today's factory farms. Also, avoid alcohol in excess and hepatotoxic drugs and you can rest assured you are on the right path. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends on context: If this viral load is after starting treatment for hepatitis c, it could be considered high. If it is without any anti-hepatitis c treatment, then it is a very low value. In that case, it would be easier to treat once ready. I would wonder about acute hepatitis c and if this reflects the body begining to clear the hepatitis c. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the risk/chance for hepatitis b from one time unprotected vaginal exposure with carrier with high virus load?
1984: Babies began being vaccinated for a Hep B in 1984. Are you sure you are not already immune? ...Read more
On ceruplasmin test hep A AB Total reactive ref range U mean? Also Hep A AB (IGM) nonreactive ref range U mean? What am I testing positive for?
Lab tests: You do not give a value for the ceruloplasm. If you have antibodies to Hepatitis A virus and the IgG is positive and the IgM negative it suggests that you were immunized for hepatitis A or had infection in the past. Why not discuss these values with the doctor who ordered them? ...Read more
Confused. Nurse of 21 yrs sitting in limbo w lab results. Nondetectable for hep c since 2006. Lab on 5/15 hep c virus an greater than 11.0. Then test ?
Hep C exposure: Well it sounds like your Hepatitis C antibody is now coming up positive. This means you should have further testing to see if that's really true. Typically what's done is a Hepatitis C viral load-or PCR. That tells the doctor if there really is virus there or not. About 15% of people 'clear' the infection on their own, so you need this test to see. Luckily there's fantastic treatments for this now ...Read more
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I'm hebs ag negative with a high anti hbs antibody from vaccination. This week's test was reported as hebs ag detected with anti hbs antibody of 513 miu/ml. Lft normal....Scared....Lab error?
Yes: That sounds like lab error. Your hbsab would provide immunity; i'm assuming yoru hbcab (core) is negative; i wouldn't worry, talk to your doctor about a retest if you are concerned, but even if you were infected, there is no reason for treatment at this time. ...Read more
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