Delta Hepatitis Antibodies

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rosabell
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Date Joined Jun 2017
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   Posted 6/5/2017 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,

I have just become a member and I'm trying to find out more about my condition.

Recently I was supposed to get some surgery and pre op procedure asked for several blood test.

I got tested for HBV, HCV, HDV and HIV.

Everything was fine except I was discovered with delta hepatitis antibodies. I was never vaccinated for B, so I was not surprised to see I don't have antibodies or antigen for it, but Delta ???

Everybody knows Delta Hepatitis requires B hepatitis virus. I was HBV negative (no antibodies, no antigen) but still positive for delta...

I went to see a hepatologist (university professor) and skilled in this. He said it is a major discordance and everybody else agrees and ordered some more test - all possible tests for B hepatitis, including DNA for HBV.
I also redone HDV test for antibodies and RNA HDV. I was also scheduled for Fibromax and Fibroscan to asses liver condition, which I am planning to do this week.

The 2 results for Delta have not come yet, I am waiting.

For B hepatitis everything came up negative. No viral load, no nothing.

ALT and all the other usual liver test and blood panel perfectly normal (except some high hemoglobine and hematocrit but the hematologist said nothing to worry about at this stage).
Normal bilirubin.

I am puzzled, scared to death and frustrated, because nobody can tell me anything except to wait for delta antibody, viral load (which will take some more time), Fibromax and then to sort it out. It kills me.

I am from south eastern europe, where B and D hepatitis are considered endemic, but I have been extremely careful my whole life, never went to have my manicure done for fear of some blood contamination. Never done drugs (only smoked regular cigarettes, no drinking (like in 1 glass of wine a week).
I am 45, never felt better in my whole life, and except a mild Hashimoto's, treated and under control I have never had any major health issues. I am 160 cm, overweight (67 kilograms) but otherwise normal.
Prior these results I was about to start running in order to lose weight and be more active. The surgery I was planning was a profilactic histerectomy for andenomyosis, but nothing urgent.

In the last 10 days I've been reading articles like crazy and still couldn't find anything like my case, except some vague considerations in some very specific professional research papers.

I know about OBI and precore mutations in B virus, and it might be my case (which makes everything even more scary) but I can't find and real stories like mine.

I feel like I am doomed and loosing my mind. If Delta antibodies didn't show up I would have been considered perfectly fine, and even fit to donate blood, because I am completely clear of B virus!

The reason of my post is: is there anyone here who expereiced something like this?
I know delta is not prevalent in USA but still, maybe I can find out something.

So, is there anyone here who was completely negative of B hepatite markers and still find out he/she is infected? What tests did you do and how did you manage your condition?

Any help or contribution is much apreciated.

Thank you!

Post Edited (rosabell) : 6/5/2017 7:38:46 AM (GMT-6)


ppm guy
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 1077
   Posted 6/5/2017 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Rosabell,
my only thought is that the blood samples collected were not handled correctly. Time , temperature, shipping of samples(if applicable), and sterilization of instruments, and gloves. retesting is all you can do.

I have never come across this scenario. correct me if im wrong;how can you have antibodies only to a virus that is not curable? Also, I have never talked with a person with HDV.

hope you find answers soon.
best to you
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