|Indeterminate HTLV I/II WB test
Aug 18, 2007
I donated blood the beginning of this year and received a letter from the blood bank that their tests were reactive for HTLV. I waited their specified timeline to be retested and went to my doctor to have the Western Blot on HTLV. That came back indeterminate with P26, P28, P32, P36, & P53, with faint reactive bands. The remainder of the bands, GD21, P24, GP46, were non-reactive including rgp46-I rgp46-II show as non-reactive. The reference range was negative also.
Afterwards I went back to the blood bank for a second test and it again was reactive for HTLV. As of today I went back to my doctor for a retest on the indeterminate WB and am anxiously waiting for the results.
My right kidney has a second ureter (so I have two in total), which causes me a lot of urinary tract infections, and has actually shrunk my right kidney in size when compared to my left kidney according to my doctor. I had an ultra sound to determine this. I am not sure if this is a factor as to why the blood banks tests both came back positive, or if I really am just positive for HTLV.
Seriously scared and confused.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
This may require HTLV I viral DNA testing to sort out.
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