|Heb B Surfance Antigen/LFT
Mar 15, 2010
My younger brother was recently asked by his doctor to have Hepatitis tests; and the following results came back:
Hep B. Surface Antigen (Reactive) 6250 Cut off Rate 1.0
Hep C. Antibody (Non Reactive) 0.091 S. Total Bilirubin 0.5 mg/dl S. Direct Bilirubin 0.1 mg/dl S. Indirect Bilirubin 0.4 mg/dl Gamma GT 21 IUL SGPT (ALT) 16 IUL Alkaline Phosphatase 56 IUL
Kindly advise about the interpretation of these results and what/how we can get his treatment going.
Thankyou for your kindness in advance, may Allah Bless you for your wonderful work. Best Regards
| Response from Dr. McGovern
Thank you for your kind words.
It is not clear whether your brother needs treatment. He has normal liver function tests and his hepatitis B surface antigen indicates chronic infection - however, he could have active or inactive infection. The difference is determined by the presence of viremia (eg, virus in the blood). The test that distinguishes the two is a HBV DNA test. This can be an expensive test.
In the meantime, he should have LFTs done about every 3 to 6 months to be certain they continue to be normal. That would be very reassuring...
My best wishes for your brother's health.
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