|Hepatitis Panel (4) Test
Aug 12, 2006
My recent hepatitis panel (4) test results shows: Hep A Ab Igm - negative, HbsAg screen - confirm, indicated, HbsAg confirmation - positive, Hep B Core Ab, Igm - negative, HCV Ab negative. My doctor asked me to go to a specialist since he's unsure of the result. My SGOT/AST and SGPT/ALT is very close to normal range, he said. Do I have chronic hepatitis B? My mom is a carrier but my sister is negative. Thanks.
Response from Dr. McGovern
The reactive hepatitis B surface antigen indicates that you are chronically infected. You do need further testing - such as a HBcore antibody which will likely be positive; HBeAntigen and antibody; and a HBV DNA level to see if virus is in your blood.
Based on these results, you may be an active or inactive carrier of hepatitis B.
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