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Receiving treatment in China
Apr 28, 2002

Dear Dr. Dieterich, My relatives were both diagnosed hep. B in China 11 months ago. They got treatment there and they got tested recently, here are their results: Cousin A: ALT@13@@U/L 5-45 AST 22 U/L 5-45 GGT@19@U/L 5-40 TP 78.0 g/L 65-80 ALB 49.5 g/L 35-55 GLO 28.50 g/ 20-30 A/G 1.74 ----- 1.2-2.5

HBsAg 16.26(+) 0.0-1.0 S/CO HBsAb 0.23(-) 0.0-0.1 S/CO HBeAg 0.41(-) 0.0-1.0 S/CO HBeAb 2.11(-) 1.0-99 S-CO HBcAb 0.85(+) 1.0-99 S/CO@@@@@

COUSIN B: ALT 32@U/L 5-45 AST 33 U/L 5-45 GGT 16@U/L 5-40 TP 78.3 g/L 65-80 ALB 48.8 g/L 35-55 GLO 29.50 g/L 20-30 A/G 1.65 ----- 1.2-2.5

HBsAg 15.40(+)0.0-1.0 S/CO HBsAb 0.26(-) 0.0-0.1 S/CO HBeAg 0.54(-) 0.0-1.0 S/CO HBeAb 0.17(+) 1.0-99 S-CO HBcAb 0.26(+) 1.0-99 S/CO@@@@@ They said they could not come back to the States for treatment at this time because they are too busy with their work and research. They went to some general hospitals for treatment and have taken interferon for 10 months. Do you think they should continue the medicine? Which one of my cousins, A or B, is more serious? Thank you for your time and suggestions!

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Sounds like they are all what one would call aymptomatic carriers now, which should not be a major problem. They should be followed yearly for cancer screening, but other than that they sound healthy. DTD



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