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/does prospective daughter from China have Hep B?
Jun 17, 2006

Birth September 8, 2005. On December 27, 2005 her lab exam indicates: Hbsag: negative Hbeab: negative Hbsab: negative Hbeag: negative Hbcab: positive THere is no evidence of subsequent tests. Could she have Hep B?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Your daughter has an isolated Hepatitis B core antibody. There are three potential causes for this pattern: 1. It is a false positive 2. She has acute hepatitis B 3. She had hepatitis B in the past and has lost surface antibody.

Based on her age #3 doesn't make sense. I would suspect that she has a false positive, but I would like to get another round of tests including a hepatitis B core IgM and IgG and a surface antibody.

However, even is she did have acute hepatitis B, she has already cleared her surface antigen, which means that she is not chronically infected patient.

Hope this helps.

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