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What is hepatitis b surface antigen in general?

What is hepatitis b surface antigen in general?

Infection is active: If you are surface antigen postive = protein on the surface of the virus is in its active form which is still floating in your blood and indicates active/on going infectious state. This protein triggers body to produce antibody which can help rid off the infection or preventing it as in case of hepb vaccines. In your case, no antibody or not enough to rid of the antigen. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dilated biliary ducts. No gallbladder. Rt upper qtr pain. Stools formed and green. These symptoms ended in toxic hepatitis previously. Worry?

Dilated biliary ducts. No gallbladder. Rt upper qtr pain. Stools formed and green.  These symptoms ended in toxic hepatitis previously.  Worry?

With ur hx, be safe: With your history as described, and the same symptoms previously ending in toxic hepatitis, than i would get an exam with labs to be safe, best wishes. ...Read more

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What does a test result showing hepatitis b surface antigen negative non reactive mean?

What does a test result showing hepatitis b surface antigen negative non reactive mean?

No hep b: Hepatitis b surface antigen is present during an active infection with hepatitis b. When it is negative, it means that there is no hepatitis b virus particles in your bloodstream. It could mean you have never had hepatitis b, or you no longer have hepatitis b. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b surface antigen non-reactive means what?

Hepatitis b surface antigen non-reactive means what?

No active infection: When people have reactive hepatitis b surface antigen, they have proteins from hepatitis b in their blood. These people have active infection and may need treatment. If there is no reactive hbsag, then most likely there is no active infection. Rarely, people who have hepatitis b core antibody detected, but no hepatitis b surface antibody, can have chronic active infection. ...Read more

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Lft normal, HBV DNA 13 iu/ml and HBsAG (eliza test) austrailian antigen comes 1.36 ( decreasing per yr) in how long can I be relieved of hepatitis b?

Depends: You are young and without knowing more information, hard to say. However, some can clear hepatitis b on their own, while most people have a lifelong chronic hepatitis b state that can be "active" or "inactive". That is why it is very important that you see a hepatitis b liver specialist to determine your course and if you need to be treated with antivirals or have lab tests occasionally! ...Read more

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What's a hepatitis b antigen?

What's a hepatitis b antigen?

Coat protein : There are a number of antigens associated with hbv, notably surface, core, e, and x. The surface antigen, hbsag, is the surface coat of the virus and the most commonly tested for. ...Read more

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Hepatitis a antigen antibody test result, how to interpret it?

IgM and IgG: Igm antibody to hepatitis a virus indicates recent infection that may explain current hepatitis. Igg antibody may be due to past/remote infection or immunization. ...Read more

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I have hepatitis b antigen positive, I am worried about getting married?

Ask Partner: If 1 partner, they vaccinated against hepatitis b? In this high risk situation have they considered having their immunity checked via blood work? Have you ruled out other sexually transmitted diseases such as hiv, hepatitis c, & other possibilities in yourself? Use barrier methods--condoms independent of whatever birth control your partner may be using to protect both of you from transmission of std. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a person having hepatitis b antigen negative donate blood?

Need more info: Which hep b antigen are you talking about? If it is hep b e antigen negative and you have positive viral load, then absolutely not. If it is hep b surface antigen negative, you have no viral load and have never been exposed to hep b, then yes. However, if you have had a w/u for abnormal liver enzymes despite negative hep b, you will likely be rejected as that is 1 of the screening questions. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b antigen negative HBV load is 13160iu/ml. Taking tenofo b for three months now HBV load is >20. Please suggest me what can i do?

Hepatitis b antigen negative HBV load is 13160iu/ml. Taking tenofo b for three months now HBV load is >20. Please suggest me what can i do?

Continue to take: You are a hepatitis B virus carrier. With the use of the antiviral agent, tenofovir, you have successfully suppressed viral replication, which will help reduce the risk of hepatitis progression. This does not mean that you are cured however, and you will need to take this medication, as prescribed, otherwise you are at risk for viral reactivation and developing a drug resistant mutation. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Medical reports of my father having alfafetoprotein(afp) is 11727.28 ng/ml , hepatitis b antigen 78.05 & HBsAG is >250iu/ml what is meant by report?

Medical reports of my father having alfafetoprotein(afp) is 11727.28 ng/ml , hepatitis b antigen 78.05 & HBsAG is >250iu/ml what is meant by report?

Elevated AFP: Given your father's history of chronic hbv infection and now with the marked elevation of afp, this is almost conclusive of possible hepatocellular carcinoma. Need to follow up with your primary care doctor, gi, and oncologist for further work up and definitive treatment. ...Read more

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My father (age : 61) is tested reactive on hepatitis b antigen. Is there any side-effect for him to take salmon oil & lecithin to lower cholesterol ?

My father (age : 61) is tested reactive on hepatitis b antigen. Is there any side-effect for him to take salmon oil & lecithin to lower cholesterol ?

Lower cholesterol: Unless there is an allergy or sensitivity, salmon oil and lecithin should be perfectly safe to ingest in moderate amounts. ...Read more

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What is hepatitis b surface antigen in general?

Infection is active: If you are surface antigen postive = protein on the surface of the virus is in its active form which is still floating in your blood and indicates active/on going infectious state. This protein triggers body to produce antibody which can help rid off the infection or preventing it as in case of hepb vaccines. In your case, no antibody or not enough to rid of the antigen. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hepatitis b surface antigen non-reactive means what?

No active infection: When people have reactive hepatitis b surface antigen, they have proteins from hepatitis b in their blood. These people have active infection and may need treatment. If there is no reactive hbsag, then most likely there is no active infection. Rarely, people who have hepatitis b core antibody detected, but no hepatitis b surface antibody, can have chronic active infection. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the hepatitis b surface antigen?

Hepatitis B: If you have a positive hepatitis B surface antigen, then you have active hepatitis B infection. You can see a hepatologist (liver doctor) to check some other labs in order to determine if you need to be on treatment with oral medications or if a liver biopsy should be considered based on other laboratory results. Having hepatitis B can be controlled with medications. ...Read more

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Wondering if hepatitis b e antigen reactive can be cured?

Wondering if hepatitis b e antigen reactive can be cured?

Yes and no: It's possible to convert from e antigen (hbeag) to e antibody (hbeab) with treatment of hepatitis b. This is a good thing, as it means your hepatitis is less active and you are less infectious to others. However, hepatitis b itself is not considered to be 'curable, ' and conversions from surface antigen (hbsag) to surface antibody (hbsab) rarely happen. ...Read more

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If hepatitis b e antigen, serum is non reactive, what does it mean?

Depends: I would want to know the following information: are they hepatitis b surface antigen reactive? Are they hepatitis b e antibody reactive? Did this person likely get hepatitis b as a baby or small child or when they were older? What is the hepatitis b dna (viral load) level? What is the alt (liver enzyme) value? In isolation this lab value can mean multiple things. ...Read more

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