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HBsAg positive to be negative
Jul 19, 2006

I was HBsAg positive last December 2005.My doctor said I am an chronic inactive carierof HBV.Is there a posibility for my HBsAg test to be negative;even if I am a chronic inactive HBV carrier?

Response from Dr. McGovern

To define someone as being a chronic inactive carrier of hepatitis B, you want to see this marker persist for six months. In addition, there should be no or little detectable virus in the bloodstream (HBV DNA) and normal liver function tests.

Occasionally patients lose their surface antigen over time. Periodic monitoring of liver function tests are indicated in a chronic inactive carrier to be certain that LFTs don't rise, suggesting a hepatitis B flare.



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