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Old 09-19-2006, 08:34 AM   #1
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Blood tests results/Hep B/Bilirubin question

I am a 24 year old male, who has had a history of having a High Bilirubin count ever since I was 14. I recently went into the doctor to get a physical. Once again, I learned my bilirubin was high again, 3.7 mg/dl. This is not news to me. 2 years earlier, I had an ultra scan of my liver and nothing showed up. So now, my doctor ran a hep b test and the results are as follows

Hep Be ag -negative
Hep B core Ab -negative
Hep B core ab tot -negative
Hep be ab - negative
Hep B surface Ab - > 2000 mIU/ml - noraml range 0.0 -8.9

Does anyone know what this >2000 means? Any idea of why my bilirubin can be so high always? My doctor wants me to see a G.I specialist. Is this a good idea? Is my bilirubin real high?

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Re: Blood tests results/Hep B/Bilirubin question

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I am a 24 year old male, who has had a history of having a High Bilirubin count ever since I was 14. I recently went into the doctor to get a physical. Once again, I learned my bilirubin was high again, 3.7 mg/dl. This is not news to me. 2 years earlier, I had an ultra scan of my liver and nothing showed up. So now, my doctor ran a hep b test and the results are as follows

Hep Be ag -negative
Hep B core Ab -negative
Hep B core ab tot -negative
Hep be ab - negative
Hep B surface Ab - > 2000 mIU/ml - noraml range 0.0 -8.9

Does anyone know what this >2000 means? Any idea of why my bilirubin can be so high always? My doctor wants me to see a G.I specialist. Is this a good idea? Is my bilirubin real high?

thanks


Hi Scrap,

if you are quite sure that last result is Ab (antibody), and not Ag (anitgen), the likeliest interpretation is that you were exposed or infected at some time, but no longer harbor the virus.

The bilirubin result yyou report is pretty high, yes, but only you and your doctor(s) can figure out what it means. if i read your results correctly, it doees NOT mean you have hep b now. of course, I am not a doctor, so my information should be taken with a grain of salt. or two.

seeing a gi doc is a good suggestion. i'd take it.

sean

 
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: Blood tests results/Hep B/Bilirubin question

You could have hemolysis, or Gilbert's syndrome. Hemolysis has little to do with the liver, but it breaks down blood cells, releasing their contents. Bilirubin is in all cells of the body practically.

Gilbert's syndrome is more like jaundice, which is practically harmless past 6 years old.

 
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