Feb 27, 2002
In the event of immunoincompetent patient due to simultaneous co-infection, how often should PCR be repeated to rule out hepatitis infection in presence of slightly raised ALT's, light stools and upper right quadrant pain?
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
If we are dealing with a co infected patient HIV/HCV, the PCR is a very reliable test to document infection,with as little as 50 IU/ml.The only reason to consider to repeat the test would be if you suspect infection after the test was done,or extremely early sampling in acute infection,.(Very unusual). You may need to consider other etiologies for the clinical picture,as other Hepatitis,and biliary tract disease.
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