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What initial tests do I need to take if I have hepatitis b?

What initial tests do I need to take if I have hepatitis b?

Hep B: If you have chronic hep b, then your doctor will follow liver function tests, hep b viral dna load, hep b eag/ab. You may also need surveillance for liver cancer with regular liver sonogram and AFP (a tumor marker blood test). ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work..?

What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work..?

Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a hepatitis b vaccine?

How do I know if I need a hepatitis b vaccine?

VIS Statement : There is a vaccine information statement put out by the cdc that lists it's indications. As a pediatrician , i think everyone should get the vaccine. It is universally recommended for everyone under age 19 and for many categories of others including those with more than one sex partner, household contacts of people with hepatitis b, people with chronic renal or liver disease and other categories. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?

What to do if i might have been infected with hepatitis C -- how long should I wait to do a blood test?

Now: You should get a blood test now, but then repeat it in 3 to 6 months, to make sure (sometimes the blood test takes up to 6 months to become positive). ...Read more

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I just need to know if I should seek treatment or medication after blood tests show I have brusiloiss anti-bodies in my system......What to do?

I just need to know if I should seek treatment or medication after blood tests show I have brusiloiss anti-bodies in my system......What to do?

Seek care!: You had to have had a physician order your blood test in the first place, and further testing (cultures) and consultation and/or treatment by an infectious disease expert is warranted. Brucellosis is commonly caused by consuming unpasteurized milk or cheese, or exposure to lab techs, slaughterhouse workers, or veterinarians. ...Read more

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When do I need to have a liver biopsy if I have hepatitis?

When do I need to have a liver biopsy if I have hepatitis?

If it changes rx: In general a liver biopsy is useful to "stage" liver disease. It is the best way to assess how much damage hepatitis has caused to the liver. However there are some noninvasive and clinical ways of detecting different levels of disease, especially cirrhosis. I usually recommend biopsy for my patients who are opting against current treatments to assure that we are not missing progressive disease. ...Read more

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How will i know if I have kidney disease what tests should I undergo for me to know?

How will i know if I have kidney disease what tests should I undergo for me to know?

Blood tests : You will need to have a basic chemistry panel that would include BUN and creatinine levels. If these are normal, for your age, weight, race and sex nothing more needs to be done. If your creatinine is above the normal age, you should see a nephrologist and have a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance to get your kidney function quantified. You may also need a renal ultrasound to see your kidneys. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have had a genetic blood test done to see if what do you suggest if I have 22deletion, how will i get my results and will that be?

What do you suggest if I have had a genetic blood test done to see if what do you suggest if I have 22deletion, how will i get my results and will that be?

What for?: What will you do with the results? Would you change anything if you have 22 deletion, or if you do not have the deletion? If you want to waste your money, you can get the test done by 23 and Me, the company is accessible over the internet. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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If I get tested for hepatitis C and the result is positive, do I need additional tests to be sure?

If I get tested for hepatitis C and the result is positive, do I need additional tests to be sure?

Yes: Your doctor will check viral load to see if you still have hcv or had it and cleared the virus. Sometimes the test can be a false positive. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have recently been taking drugs, and i need to get a blood test for allergies, will they test for drugs anyway as a precaution?

How do I know if I have recently been taking drugs, and i need to get a blood test for allergies, will they test for drugs anyway as a precaution?

Not usually: You should discuss your concerns with the doctor who prescribed the medications. It is not a routine practice to test for allergies or do blood levels for most drugs. ...Read more

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How do I know if i need to be tested for hiv?

How do I know if i need to be tested for hiv?

If you have: Engaged in high risk behaviors - would get tested. ...Read more

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Can I have hepatitis vaccine if my ALT is 80 U/L and doc is not sure about autoimmune hepatitis? Do I need to do further blood works?

Can I have hepatitis vaccine if my ALT is 80 U/L and doc is not sure about autoimmune hepatitis? Do I need to do further blood works?

Yes: Few causes of hepatitis: alcohol, fatty liver (obesity), viral & autoimmune. Check hepatitis B profile (HbsAg & HbsAb) if negative can have vaccine. Check anti-smooth muscle antibody & anti liver/kidney microsomal anti-body for diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis. (ANA alone is not enough & your level is low). I know Bangladesh, see a Hepatologist for evaluation. Follow up with me @ healthTap.com ...Read more

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Do i need to get tested to know for sure if I have the swine flu?

Do i need to get tested to know for sure if I have the swine flu?

If you have the sxs: It will be highly suggestive. But confirmation would be through a lab test. Symptoms of swine flu may include: sore throat, cough, headache, fever, chills, musculoskeletal aches & pains, nausea, vomiting & diarrhea. ...Read more

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What to do if I had test for hepatitis b and the result was?

What to do if I had test for hepatitis b and the result was?

See a liver doc: I am not sure what you mean but assuming you are positive for hepatitis B surface antigen which means you have active hepatitis B. If this is the case, see a liver specialist (hepatologist) so other lab tests can be checked to determine if you need to be on medicines to control your hepatitis B. Your doctor will determine if you need a liver biopsy based on your lab results. ...Read more

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What to if I am having blood tests for vitamin deficiencies & would like to know if Valium will show up?

What to if I am having blood tests for vitamin deficiencies & would like to know if Valium will show up?

Not likely, unless : If your doctor is also testing for drug use, valium would show up. But s/he would have to specifically order this test, which differs from those ordered for vitamin deficiencies. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hepatitis how would the doctor diagnose me?

What to do if I have hepatitis how would the doctor diagnose me?

Viral hepatitis: Is diagnosed by a variety of blood tests looking for evidence of the various causes of the infection. Not all causes of an inflamed liver are viral in origin. ...Read more

Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis B (Definition)

A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily ...Read more