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HBV Conversion
Oct 9, 2006

My daughter is in China and has HBV, with a neg e antigen and a positive e antibody and positive core antibody. Her DNA is normal. All her test are from when she was 5.5 months old. She received a vaccine at one day old and one month old.

Could she be converting? Is there anything that we can do to help her to convert when she gets home in a few months? She will be 14 months when she gets home.

Response from Dr. McGovern

You will want to know what her Hepatitis B surface antigen is. If it is non-reactive, she is clearing her infection. If it is reactive, then more likely, she is an "inactive carrier". This will continue to need follow-up over time to be certain that it remains inactive.

Fortunately, even if she ever develops "active disease" there are so many great hepatitis B drugs now and more are coming on the market in the next year.

I wish your baby well.



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