May 20, 2002
What exactly does this mean ? " Unfortuately, the HBV-DNA is reactivated and positive at 118. Liver enzymes are also slightly elevated with AST=57, ALT=132 "
Is this a relatively high amount of virus in the body ? Does this mean the Hep B virus is actively replicating again? What does 118 mean ? Where is that on the scale of low-med-high viral activity ?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
HBV can be quantitatively expressed as copy number or in ng/ml (which is essentially a measure of the weight of the virus). The number you state is probably an expression of the latter. If that is the case, then this is a relatively high number.
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