|Lab Test Results (Follow-up Question)
Jan 19, 2008
HBsAg+; Value=2.750 Cut-off Value=0.209. HBeAg+; Value=0.108 Cut-off Value=0.105 Can you determine how long (months or years) the infection exists (Chronic or not)? Was the result of HBeAg alarming with +0.003 beyond cut-off value?Thanks a lot.
| Response from Dr. McGovern
You will need testing again at six months to determine if your HBsAg is still positive, which would imply chronic infection. We cannot tell by lab tests alone how long you have had your infection.
Another helpful test would be a HBcore Antibody. If that antibody was an IgM antibody, then you just got infected. However, in that case I would have expected your liver function tests to be significantly abnormal and you might have some symptoms of hepatitis. If the antibody is IgG, then this is more consistent with chronic infection.
You should also have testing of HBV DNA.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.