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Prior to Surgery Question
Mar 31, 2010

hello Dr. Barbara McGovern. you might be familiar with this question. hope you can help. would like to know before going into a surgery. ever since i was a kid, i am naturally immune from hep b with

surface antigen negative surface antibody >1000.0 and core antibody total positive.

immune to hep a (vaccine) and negative to hep c virus antibody.

Liver function test = normal.

basically prior to surgery, if any complication happens then the patient would need transfusion. the safest blood you can get is your own blood.

my question is: i was given an option to donate blood to myself prior to surgery an (autologous) blood donation. would it be alright to do that??

is there a risk with autologous and hep b core total antibodies positive if anti-hbs is positive but the virus itself is negative being hbsag - negative? please help. thank you.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Since this is your own blood, there is no risk to you. Best wishes for your surgery.



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