hbv lab result interpretation
Jun 19, 2011
my mother was diagonsed as heptatis b + one month ago she had blood transfusion in 1982 and joundice in 1972 she is 70yrs old now her result on 5 may 2011 is HBs Ag Screening positive HCV Ab Screening negative then we do HBc IgM negative HBe Ag negative HBe Ab positive HBc Ab positive HBs Ag by ELISA positive 4445
then we start lamivudine on 13 may 1 month ago
now we do HBV DNA PCR real time the result is 23 iu/ml so what is the interpretation of these result is she infectious do she need to continue lamivudine for life thanx for your response
Response from Dr. Holodniy
It would have been helpful to have gotten the HBV DNA test before starting treatment to see what the treatment response has been. It is hard to know where the level started at without a baseline number. Currently, that is still a positive result, although it is very low, and she would still be considered infectious. Hard to predict at this point how long she will need HBV treatment.
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