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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/11/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I'm new here. I've posted another thread tittled. "Borderline Heb B results,What does this mean?"
Since my doctor is referring me to a gastroenterologis (sp?) I have the paper work from my tests that she's given me to give to the doctor when I go for my visit. I don't understand all the results and what they mean how normal or high they are. I thought I would post them to see if any one can shed some light on these. ( Hope I'm listing the right stuff) Under the "Result column" Here it goes:

Glucose: 109.
Urea Nitrogen 12.
Creatinine .8
Sodium 143.
Potassium 4.2
Carbon Dioxide 25.
Calcium 9.0
Total Protein 8.4
Albumin 4.2
AST 99.
ALT 64.
ALKP 137.
Total Bili .3

On another page of the results I have it says:

Under Test name it says:
Hepatitis panel, acute w reflex
Hepatitis A IGM antibody and to the side of that under "In Range it says Non Reactive"

Then again it says under test name:

Hepatitis B surface
Antigen w/Confirmation then it doesnt say anything under in range or out of range

But below the test name in a gray area it says

Hepatitis B surface and under Out of Range it says Borderline and under reference range it says non reatcive

And below all that it says

Antigen Confirmation Hepatitis B surface Antigen was confirmed as present by the neutralization assay.

Then it says Hepatitis B core IGM Antibody under in range "non reactive" and under reference range it also says none reactive.

Then it says Hepatitis C antibody
Hepatitis C Antibody
signal to be cut-off and it says non reactive under "in range" with a 0.06 under it and non reactive under "reference range"

Then it goes on to say"Iron and total Iron binding capacity
under "Iron,total" it says 36L under the out of range column and 40-175 mcg/dL

Then it says:
Iron Binding Capacity under "in range" 359 and under reference range it says 250-450 mcg/DL
and then
there is a line for %Saturation and it says 10L under out of range and 15-50% (calc) under reference range

Does anyone know what all this means? I'm a bit concerned about what the "Borderline Hep B" can mean?

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 3/11/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm_Jane_Doe, hi and welcome to the forum. Boy I don't blame you for being upset and confused. Lab results are really tricky sometimes. We'll try to make some sense out of it all OK? First of all Non Reactive means "NEGATIVE" results. However you do have elevated enzymes like your ALT. Normal range for women is 5 IU/L to 45 IU/L with the average being 19 IU/L. Yours was 64. Several factors can cause an elevation in the enzymes and in your case it is possible that it could be your medication. Seeing the gastroenterologist is the best option for you as he/she is a specialist in this field. They will probably retest your blood to verify the original results so don't be surprised. I hope this helps a little.


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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 445
   Posted 3/11/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Shelly this is for you.  I am just frustrated.  Jerry's bood done on 2/23 when he was in the hospital Hemoglobin 9.7 hematocrit 27.7  Then blood work done on 2/27 at Vanderbilt was Hematocrit 26 and Hemoglobin 8.8.  That tells me its going down.  We go tomorrow to have blood work repeated.  He's really dragging butt!!!  I knew somethin didn't seem right.  It just this disease is so hard to keep up with.  They did test his stool in the hosptial.  If he is loosing blood where is it going.  He's not vomiting blood.  He doesn't have bloody noses.  Where would it go.  As usual I'm scared to death!!  Do you an opinion. 

Thank you  JoAnn

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 3/12/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jane Doe and Welcome to the Forum

I can undertstand your fear with your doctors presentation. If they don't know what it means then how are you suppose too. Shelley is right though that just to be on the safe side it is better to see someone more specialized in reading those results. Although your AST, ALT, and ALKP are slightly elevated they could be for a variety of reasons, such as medications, illness, etc. When I see the word borderline to me it means that you had some markers that might indicate hep B but not all, maybe there are antibodies present in your body from a past exposure to someone else having hep B. Also from my knowledge these tests can certainly give false positives and negatives which is why they usually run them more than once. Again try not to worry until you have some real information from a specialist. If it makes you feel any better I am sure that most of us here would love to have the enzymes levels that you had on your blood work Take care and let us know how things turn out.


Pink Grandma
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/12/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I'm_Jane_Doe, and welcome to the forum. I can not help you with any information but it looks like the others have done a pretty good job with it. Don't we have a great crew? Stick around this is a very good forum for Liver disease info and support.
I can say this .........don't panic until you know for sure that you have something to panic about. It's just wasted energy right now.

Good Luck and take care.
Pink Grandma
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When the going gets tough....the tough get going! Don't always know where I going but I get there anyways.

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 3/14/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to correct something that dansbrother wrote: HEP C is not the only hepatitis without a cure. There is no cure for HEP B either. Sorry, dansbrother, but you are probably mistaking cure for vaccine. Yes, there is a vaccine to prevent HEP A and HEP B. But there is no cure for HEP B once you already have it.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 3/15/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
dansbrother, my doctor told me that the hep C test had only become available in '92.

You wrote, " I have read that people that have got Hepatitis C have none of the risk factors of Blood Borne Contact." I think what you may have read was that some people seem to have none of the usual risk factors for the disease. There seemingly are some people who have no idea how they got the hep C (but call me skeptical.) The majority of those with hep C, like myself, were contaminated by dirty needles/needle sharing in hard drug use. There are also a good portion who contracted it through transfusions, as blood was not being tested for hep C (much like it wasn't tested for HIV/AIDS prior to knowledge about it.) There are others who got it through using razors, toothbrushes, etc., that were used by those with hep C. For that to happen, the person using the appliance would have to have an open sore or nick themselves with the blade, etc. It is definitely a blood-borne disease. If a woman who has hep C has sex during her period, and a condom isn't used, she is putting her partner at risk. There have been babies born with hep C, contracted from the mother either through the placenta or in passage through the birth canal. It might be best to confine your reading to sites like the American Liver Foundation, that have solid, verifiable info. ;) Of course, this site usually also has excellent info.


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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 12014
   Posted 3/17/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   

"Hepatitis C Transmission needs more research."

Dansbrother, on that I think we can all agree!   yeah



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