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Blood Bank Test found HBc
Dec 9, 2007

I am on Lipator for High Colistarol and my physician has my blood tested a few times per year. So far nothing has ever shown up. However, the blood bank says that my blood tested had an abnormal result, Anti-HBC repeatedly Reactive with related test HBsAG and Anti-HCV both Negative. What does this mean and can it be false since other blood test at other testing sites have never found anything abnormal?

Response from Dr. McGovern

About 5 percent of people who donate at a blood bank have a false positive test of a hepatitis B core antibody without any other markers of disease. Without risk factors and since this was never found before, yes the likelihood of a false positive test is high.



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