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Hepetitis C Symptoms
Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more
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
Blood contact: Mostly through blood exposure (primarily shared needles or syringes during drug use). However, it can also be transmitted sexually, especially through rough or poorly lubricated intercourse where there may be blood exposure. ...Read more
Immune deficiency: If you are asking whether this acts like hiv, the answer is no. Patients who have developed severe liver disease from hep c may be more prone to some forms of infection and secondary malignancy, but not aware of a specific immune function which is inhibited by this virus. ...Read more
None: There is no chronic c. Difficile infection. Untreated c. Difficile diarrhea can persist until effective treatment is given. The stool c. Difficile toxin test confirms the diagnosis. 30% of treated cases relapse and require repeat treatment. Future relapses become more likely and can require prolonged antibiotic treatment or fecal transplant therapy for cure. ...Read more
IBS/C. Diff: Small percentage of patients will have linger symptoms after an episode of c. Diff infection or any intestinal infection chronically. This is known as post-infectious ibs. Suggest to work closely with your GI specialist to rule out other causes (recurrent or incomplete treatment of infection) and treat your symptoms accordingly. ...Read more
No: About 25% of people who have hcv antibodies, indicating that they were exposed to this virus, will have spontaneously cleared the infection through their immune response. The only way to know if you actually have active infection is to test for hcv RNA (viral load). If the RNA is detected the person has active infection and could have liver damage. ...Read more
Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present
clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?
Have diarrhea or no?: C.Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff causes diarrhea w/pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Treatment, & confirmation of post-treatment eradication, is recommended. ...Read more
What does this mean: Hep B Surface Antibody Borderline, Hep B Surface Antigen non-reactive, Hep B Core AB non-reactive? All other labs normal.
My hepatitis C antibody reactive(151.7).But in quantitative Hcv PCR test HCV RNA is less than 30 Iu/ml.Doctor said i have no hepatitis C infection.
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