|Hep B test results
Nov 27, 2004
My wife is a 29-year-old Asian female. She received the Hep B vaccine; her 3rd shot was administered on 1/11/02. She has recently tested positive for Hep B. Here are her test results; First Test Results received on 10/12/04: HBsAg +, Anti-HBc -. Second Test Results received on 11/19/04: HBsAg +, Hep B Core Ab, tot +, Hep B surface Ab <3.0 mIU/mL,ALT(SGPT) = 20. Hep A AB, Total +, All Hep C -, All HIV -.
I am her husband, I was tested today and all my Hep results were negative. I was vaccinated for Hep B early 2001. My wife is scheduled to see a specialist the first week of December. Please explain what these tests mean and what is the best course of action for us to take.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
It sounds like your wife may be a chronic carrier but that can only be determined over time (6 months) to be certain that the hepatitis B infection wasn't acquired recently. I suspect she will be diagnosed with chronic infection and the next step is to see if she carries the hepatitis B virus in her blood, find out her e antigen status and to follow her liver function tests over time.
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