|hep. B with pregnancy and tests...
Dec 31, 2001
Hello Dr. My wife is finally pregnant for the first time after six years of medical help. However the blood tests resulted as follows: HBsAg-Vidas(+)14.98 (<0.13), ANTI-HBs Quantitative- Vidas(-) 0 mIU/mL (<5mIU/mL).
what is the meaning of these results? Does that mean that my wife is chronic Hep. B patient? if the tests are not meaningfull what additional tests should we take? after 8 years of marriage why my blood test resulted negative(0 HBsAg and 0 Anti HBs)? Does that mean that she is suffering the virus right now? and my last questionn is about our baby, does she has Hep B and what should we do ? please help us. we are in trouble... Thank you so much
Response from Dr. Fried
Wonderful news about the pregnancy!
Hepatitis B in pregnancy is an important issue. I am not familiar with the exact names of the tests that you describe. However, in general terms, if someone is positive for hepatitis B surface antigen then they carry the hepatitis B virus. At the time of birth, the baby is immediately given the hepatitis B immune globulin and the hepatitis B vaccine which will prevent the baby from getting infected with hepatitis B. Your doctor will discuss this further with you.
If you have no blood markers of hepatitis B infection, you should also get the hepatitis B vaccine which will make you immune and prevent infection in the future.
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