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occult?
Feb 20, 2010

hello Doctor McGovern -

what does occult infection mean? would a person with high titres of Hepatitis B surface antibody >500.0 miu/ml and positive (total.) hepatitis b core antibody - along with Hep B. Surface Antigen - Negative - be refferred to as occult?

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No you have recovered from a prior infection and are not at risk for liver disease.

A person with "occult infection" may have detectable viremia with isolated core antibody and a nonreactive hepatitis B surface antigen for example.



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