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Hepatitis B test result
Aug 6, 2005

HBsAg = Positive Hep BS AB < 5 mIU/mL Hep B CORE AB = Positive HBE AB = Positive HEP Be AG = Negative

TBIL = 1.02 MG/DL AST(SGOT) = 27 units/L ALT(SGPT) = 49 units/L ALK PHOS = 82 units/L HBV DNA QUANT = 4752 copies/ml HEP B VIR DNA = 2390 IU/ml

Am I an active carrier? My doctor told me to do a liver biopsy based on the test result. Is the biopsy necessary?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Yes you are a carrier based on your hepatitis B surface antigen. You have low levels of virus but I agree with your physician that in light of your hepatitis e antigen negative status and viremia, it is best to get a biopsy to assess your level of liver disease accurately. Your blood tests give some information but not a complete picture.



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