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Laboratory Results and Immigration
Apr 10, 2005

Geetings!

I have two inquiries:

1. Kindly interpret my hepatitis profile:

HBsAg = 3663, reactive ANTI-Hbs= 2.0 negative Anti-HBc IgG= .005 reactive Anti-HAV IgM= .268 negative HbeAg=.083 negative Anti-Hbe=.002 rective SGOT=64.9 SGPT=163 Alkaline phosphate=105.3

2. We have an application for permanent residence in Canada filed last July 8, 2004 here in Philippines. I just want to have a doctors point of view if I have a Hepa B, does this mean my application will be disapproved due to my health is a great risk to public and my health is excessive demand for medication.

Phil

Response from Dr. McGovern

It appears that you are a chronic carrier of hepatitis B. Your doctor will need to perform one more test - Hepatitis B DNA to see if you have virus in your blood. If so, you should be evaluated further with a liver biopsy to determine how much liver disease you have.

There are many new treatments for hepatitis B including entecavir, which is relatively easy to take. I don't think this should be an issue for your relocation.

Dr. McGovern



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