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Can Dilantin give a false positive of Hep B?
Dec 23, 2002

Blood test shows I am Hep B surface Ab positive; Hep B core Ab, total positive; but my liver enzymes are not elevated. I have not been vaccinated. I am not sick. My Hep B viral DNA,QT indicates this: Ref range >4700 HBV DNA 35375 which someone told me means I have an "active" case of Hep B. Could all of this by a false positive due to 30 years of taking Dilantin?? The only thin elevated on my blood test is my alkaline phosphatase.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

It is doubful that this is caused by dilantin. You need to have e antigen and e antibody tests as well. If the DNA is truly elevated, then you need a liver biopsy and treatment for the hepatitis B. Good luck! DTD



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