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Diagnosed with Anti hepatitis C virus antibodies, Reactive result. What does this mean? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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User:Hi Dr
Doctor:Good Afternoon
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Sir my mother had diagnosed with Anti heptitis C virus antibodies - Result is Reactive. What does this mean???
Doctor:Anti HCV means body is having antibodies to HCV.
Doctor:That means, she was either infected previously or was vaccinated.
User:It is also mentioned in the report - Also available: Viral load(quantitative) real time(RT)- PCR FOR HCV, HBV, HIV" WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Doctor:It just mentions that PCR test is available to check HCV, HBV and HIV
User:What is HCV??? Is this Injurious to health???
Doctor:Sorry, I didn't expand it.
Doctor:HCV is Hepatitis C virus
Doctor:HBV is Hepatitis V Virus
Doctor:I will try to explain it to you.
Doctor:Whenever a foreign organism enters our body, our body produces fighters to fight it off.
Doctor:These fighters are known as antibodies.
Doctor:Now, when we check for a particular antibody in the blood, and if it is present, that shows that previously the foreign organism was there.
Doctor:It can also mean that presently the organism is there.
Doctor:So, in your mother's case, since Anti HCV shows reactive, your mothers blood is having antibodies against Hepatitis C virus.
Doctor:These antibodies could be there because of an earlier HCV infection, or a present infection.
Doctor:May I know her present condition?
Doctor:Why was this test done?
User:Actually she had started with her menstrual period again after 7 years. Presently she is 50 years.
Doctor:Was it diagnosed why the periods started again?
Doctor:Did she consult a gynecologist?
Doctor:What was the suggestion given by the gynecologist?
User:Yes. After her consultation only she had gone for multiple test which consist of haemoglobin test, HB TC DC, Bl. Urea, Sr. CR, BT, CT, HIV, HBsAg, ECls, CxR(PA), HCV
Doctor:Did she do a ultrasonography?
User:All the reports are normal, only HCV found reactive.
User:Biopsy was also done
Doctor:I don't think there should be any reason to worry.
Doctor:As said earlier, it could just mean that she previously had an HCV infection.
Doctor:Only way to know whether she has an infection at present would be by checking the viral load by a PCR test for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).
Doctor:Have you followed my suggestion?
User:Does she go for this test?
Doctor:So, relax Ms. XXXXXXX It should be fine. There is no need for much concern.
Doctor:Just for the confirmation, she can go for the test.
User:from where did this HCV appear in the body, What are its causes & symptons?
Doctor:Hepatitis C virus, can occur due to various reasons.
Doctor:It is transmitted mainly through blood transfusions.
Doctor:The symptoms could be jaundice, nausea,loss of appetie, weakness , abdominal pain etc
User:Before 23 years during her c section she 4 blood unit have been given to her.
Doctor:It cannot be told in a confirmed way about the route of entry into her body.
Doctor:As you said, it could be from 23 years back.
User:Is there any specilaist for this who can look after this problem???
Doctor:Surely you can visit an XXXXXXX Medicine Specialist for checking out.
User:What does it mean I get youdidnt
User:I mean I didnt get u
Doctor:MD XXXXXXX medicine
User: XXXXXXX medicine specilaist looks after this HCV cases???
Doctor:Again, it is not sure that your mother is having an active HCV infection.
Doctor:So you can first do a PCR test for HCV.
Doctor:If it is high, then, you will need to consult a specialist.
Doctor:Otherwise, it is just an indication that, she previously had an infection.
Doctor:Again, please rest assured that, there is not much to worry.
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