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Symptoms of hepatitis C - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a question about acute hepatitis c infection. If you are in the acute phase, will liver function tests (ALT/ AST) etc, generally be elevated at this point?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr XXX here
User :   hello
Doctor :   i read your query .. yes in the acute phase the liver function tests will come elevated
User :   my alt is 33 and my ast is 19......... are those good
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   23 f
Doctor :   were you confirmed that you were diagnosed with hep C?
User :   no
User :   i had a possible exposure with an ex boyfriend
User :   and i am afraid that i have it
User :   i had a negative antibody test
User :   and those are my liver function #s
Doctor :   your tests are in normal range
Doctor :   and if your antibody is also negative then the chances are less
User :   so generally if i were in the middle of the infection, my liver enzymes would probably be elevated?
Doctor :   yes and it will come in your antibody tests
User :   do u think i should get another antibody test
Doctor :   when were you exposed and when was the test taken ?
User :   exposed a month ago and test taken two weeks ago
Doctor :   the average is 3 weeks
Doctor :   for your body to produce antibodies
Doctor :   are you having any symptoms?
Doctor :   like nausea
Doctor :   vomiting
Doctor :   diarrhea
Doctor :   Loss of appetite
Doctor :   Stools becoming pale in color ?
User :   i had some nausea loss of appetite right upper quad pain and light fevers, i went to the er they gave me an abdominal u/s and they said it was my gallbladder that needs to be taken out
User :   i asked about my liver they said it is not enlarged and that my enzymes were within the normal range, so i shouldnt worry, but im still worrying!!!!!!
Doctor :   well gallstones do come with the SAME symptoms
Doctor :   so the signs you are having could be from the gall stones
Doctor :   and not from hep C
Doctor :   plus your antibodies are negative and you enzymes level normal
Doctor :   but its been 2 weeks after exposure you got the test
Doctor :   anybodies take about 3 weeks . so i would suggest you again to get a antibody test done
User :   thanks a lot
Doctor :   you most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   dont worry and think positive
User :   :) thank u
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