|Hepatitis B results
May 17, 2002
Dear doctor I just got my Hepatitis B results and I need help understanding it. Hep B Sur Ag - positive Hep B Sur Ab - negative Hep B e Ag - negative Anti Hep Be Ab - positive Anti Hep C Ab - negative
AST (SGOT) - 27 U/L ALT (SGPT) - 19 U/L
I also want to know from this result can you tell whether or not it's acute or chronic. Also, can you tell if I contracted this recently or a long time ago.
Thank for your time.
| Response from Dr. Fried
You have the blood profile of an inactive HBsAg carrier of hepatitis B. HBV DNA testing would be additional supporting evidence, it should be very low or undetectable depending on the test used. This is a chronic infection, likely acquired in the distant past but without knowing previous blood tests and history, one cannot tell for certain. Continued periodic follow-up (at least every 6 months or so) with your healthcare professional is important to make sure the HBV does not become active again and that no additional complicatiosn develop.
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