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Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Persistently Abnormal Liver Function Tests May Be Mar...

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  • claudine intexas
    ... The virus is there, but the antibodies are not, and it is the antibodies which are the markers detected in the routine hepatitis panel. Usually, virus is
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 14, 2004
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      --- jtwagers7@... wrote:
      > It's very interesting to now know, also, that the exact opposite
      > can be true
      > too. (abnormal LFTs yet no sign of the virus in the blood). Hep
      > C is a
      > complicated little devil, ain't it?

      The virus is there, but the antibodies are not, and it is the
      antibodies which are the markers detected in the routine hepatitis
      panel. Usually, virus is only looked for if the antibody screening
      test is positive. Which mean ulitmately that if no antibodies to HCV
      are present, no one is looking for it, when it's possible that HCV is
      present.

      C


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