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What these test means?please answer
Jul 25, 2004

my friend had these tests and the results are: HBeab : 0.05 HBeAg : Non reactive HBsAg : 23.64 ALT (SGPT): 22 IU/L Creatinine : 0.9 mg/dl

Response from Dr. McGovern

Your friend has chronic hepatitis B as determined by the surface antigen test. However, the negative E antigen and the positive E antibody and normal liver function tests are consistent with an "inactive carrier state".

Your friend will need serial follow-up to be certain that he or she does not revert to a more active disease state. He or she should also be vaccinated for hepatitis A if they have not had this infection.

If you are a household contact or sexual partner, I would get the hepatitis B immunization series.

Dr. McGovern



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