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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more


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I have hepatitis C diagnosed. My last lab test had a hepatitis a ab reactive. How bad is my case ?

I have hepatitis C diagnosed. My last lab test had a hepatitis a ab reactive. How bad is my case ?

Can't tell: Your hepatitis a antibody just tell me that you have recovered from or been immunized against hepatitis a in the past. Hepatitis c is serious and i would urge you to seek treatment if you want to lead a long life of good quality. The two infections are unrelated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the meaning of hepatitis be ab reactive?

What's the meaning of hepatitis be ab reactive?

Depends: The presence of antibody against hepatitis b surface antigen indicates affected individual is protected against hepatitis b, usually through hepatitis b vaccination. However, the presence of antibody against hepatitis b core antigen indicates an active hepatitis b infection. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b surface ab reactive means what - good or bad?

Hepatitis b surface ab reactive means what - good or bad?

Depends: It means you have antibodies against the surface antigen of hep b. Either you have been immunized or you soon will have or have had hep b infection. ...Read more

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What happen if I have hepatitis b ab (hbsab) reactive?

What happen if I have hepatitis b  ab (hbsab) reactive?

Nothing: If you have a positive test for hepatitis b antibodies, it means you have been exposed to the virus and had an immune reaction to it; or, you were vaccinated, and have an immune reaction to the viral components in the vaccine. It does not mean you are infected with the virus; that would require a positive hepatitis b antigen test. ...Read more

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What happen if I have hepatitis b surface ab (hbsab) reactive?

What happen if I have hepatitis b surface ab (hbsab) reactive?

You're protected!: Hepatitis b surface antigen means you have active virus. If your surface antigen is negative, and your surface antibody is positive, then (except in very rare circumstances) you are not infected and your antibody protection is complete. Hepatitis b surface antibody is acquired either following vaccination, or after you have cleared a past infection. ...Read more

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What does hepatitis b surface ab ql "reactive" mean?

What does hepatitis b surface ab ql "reactive" mean?

Exposure / Vaccine: Hard to say without knowing the rest of the hep b panel. It either means you've been exposed to HBV or have been vaccinated. ...Read more

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Dad's oncologist ordered tests before starting chemo and radiation next month but showed reactive to hepatitis A Ab total will this cause problems?

Dad's oncologist ordered tests before starting chemo and radiation next month but showed reactive to hepatitis A Ab total will this cause problems?

Hep A ab: The presence of Hep A antibody could mean either current or PAST infection with Hep A because"Total Hep A ab" measures both IgM (active disease) and IgG (old disease). The IgG antibody lasts for years. If the other liver tests (ALT, AST) are normal, this would indicate past infection, and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Hepatitis A (Definition)

It is a viral infection of your liver usually food born that will resolve over time with ...Read more


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