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My weight is 154kg.Age 30.Height 6 feet.I have enlarged live and spleen.In my blood screening test HCV is +.But PCR RNA of hepatits c viral is negtive?

My weight is 154kg.Age 30.Height 6 feet.I have enlarged live and spleen.In my blood screening test HCV is +.But PCR RNA of hepatits c viral is negtive?

Maybe false positive: Or the lab could have switched your blood with someone else's blood. You may want to go to reputable lab like quest or bioreference, but not labcorp and have it rechecked. ...Read more

Polymerase Chain Reaction (Definition)

Polymerase chain reaction is a method of finding a specific piece of dna and copying it over and over again until there is enough to study. The technique allows a scientist to detect very small amounts of dna in a swab sample then reproduce enough of it to study it. It is very sensisitive for detecting the presence of certain bacteria and is also used in doing other ...Read more


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Hep b, HCV ab and HCV PCR all negative 2 years post exposure but elevated gpt, got, GGT recently, i just want to keep ruling out viral hepatitis, could i ?

Hep b, HCV ab and HCV PCR all negative 2 years post exposure but elevated gpt, got, GGT recently, i just want to keep ruling out viral hepatitis, could i ?

Some ideas: Hopefully you've gotten immunized against hepatitis b, and hopefully you're not doing needle drugs to put you at risk for hepatitis c. You'd do well to have labs to look for hemochromatosis, wilson's, and autoimmune hepatitis. Many people have elevated liver enzymes that can be lowered just be getting more physically active. Glad you don't drink. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do alyssa and PCR in context of hepatitis C treatment differ?

How do alyssa and PCR in context of hepatitis C treatment differ?

Exposed/infected: The elisa detects antibodies made by the body against hepatitis c. About 25% of people will spontaneously clear the hepatitis c infection. So the RNA pcr test looks for the actual hepatitis c virus, which is found in everyone who has active infection. These are the people who are infectious, can have liver damage, and may need treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you are positive for hepatitis c antibodies and pcr undetectable. ?

What does it mean if you are positive for hepatitis c antibodies and pcr undetectable.  ?

Hepatitis C: You have gotten hepatitis C at some time but currently do not have active virus in your system. The PCR detects nucleic acid belonging to the virus, demonstrating its presence and the amounts. If you are undetectable do not worry, but keep up with your doctor and ask their opinion. ...Read more

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What tis means HCV by PCR ..Result = not detected? Does patient has hepatitis C or not?

What tis means HCV by PCR ..Result = not detected? Does patient has hepatitis C or not?

Depends.: Hepatits c virus (hcv) is diagnosed with an antibody against hcv (anti hcv ab) and not by pcr. Some number of patients are able to clear initial hcv infection: they will have positive hcv ab and persistently not detected hcv pcr. Hcv pcr tells you what the burden of hcv is in the blood stream as it detects hcv rna. ...Read more

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Hep c antibody rest reactive, qualitative RNA PCR says no RNA material found. Do i need further tests or i can relax that I have cleared. ?

Hep c antibody rest reactive, qualitative RNA PCR says no RNA material found. Do i need further tests or i can relax that I have cleared. ?

Mostly likely yes: This is wonderful news. Very rarely people can have fluctuately virus levels, so some people get checked one more time in around 4 months to definitively establish that they spontaneously cleared their hcv infection. ...Read more

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My hepatitis C antibody test is reactive, though my two PCR on 6th month interval are negative, will i ever get my anti body test negative again ?

My hepatitis C antibody test is reactive, though my two PCR  on 6th month interval are negative, will i ever get my anti body test negative again ?

No: Your antibodies are the good guys. They indicate that you have been fighting hep c and will remain positive even if the disease is gone.. ...Read more

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My father, 75 years old, has been suffeirng from hepatitis C for 4 months.But his PCR reports didn't become negative even after 12 peg-interon injections?

My father, 75 years old, has been suffeirng from hepatitis C for 4 months.But his PCR reports didn't become negative even after 12 peg-interon injections?

Non-responder: Very often despite aggressive treatment, the virus cannot be eliminated. His physicians can help him keep it at bay. I'm glad he has you to help during this difficult time. ...Read more

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What is the possibility of having a positive HCV ab screen but a negative HCV RNA PCR test?

10%: Around 10% of patients with hcv + will have negative PCR viral load. This means either a false positive (confirmed with negative riba) or cleared previous infection. ...Read more

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HCVantibody screen is reactive with a low signal to cutoff ratio.2 con.HCV RNA PCR tests 2 months apart are not detected or negative.Does one has hepC

No: PCR test is more reliable. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have negative HCV rna(pcr), so how accurate is the test?

I have negative HCV rna(pcr), so how accurate is the test?

Accurate: Negative hcv RNA qualitative test means no circulating hep c virus. If the antibody test for hep c is also negative, it would mean no exposure to hep c. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of this test? Hcv RNA by PCR quantitative and what does this test show?

What is the purpose of this test? Hcv RNA by PCR quantitative and what does this test show?

Checking hepatitis C: This test will confirm whether a preliminary screening test for hepatitis c (anti-hcv ab) is a true positive or not. Also, the level of the test has some predictive value in terms of whether or not one would respond to hep c therapy or not. ...Read more

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6 week HIV RNA negative. Anti-hcv negative <0.1 8 week HIV negative < HCV PCR negative. 10 week HIV negative HCV 0.2 negative. ? Remain negative?

6 week HIV RNA negative. Anti-hcv negative <0.1  8 week HIV negative < HCV PCR negative.  10 week HIV negative HCV 0.2 negative.   ?  Remain negative?

Likely yes: I think your in the clear for hep c. While its great that your negative HIV RNA pcr the typical protocol is time 0, 3 and 6 months after that. Now having said that...I have a large primarily HIV practice in south florida and its rare in my opinion not to have seroconverted and developed high titres of HIV virus at this point. But you still need further follow up. ...Read more

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When u get a blood test for hepatitis C and ur real time PCR is 1.5 million instead of 43iu/ml like its supposed to what exactly does that mean?

2 different measures: Both measure the amount of virus in blood stream. Unfortunately there is no standard means of converting one number to the other and the conversions are different depending on the lab that processed the blood sample. The national guideline use the iu/ml as measurements for success of treatment so between the two would file that one away and the one to remember. ...Read more

Pcr (Definition)

Polymerase chain reaction is used in molecular biology to amplify copies of dna. It is used in dna cloning for sequencing, functional analysis of genes, identification of genetic finger prints, diagnosis of hereditary ...Read more


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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more