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Virus Hepatitis B e Antibody Positive!

After being found to have slightly elevated liver function tests (LFTs), a 46-year-old man who is moderately overweight and has diabetes is found to have a positive hepatitis-B surface antigen. However, the hepatitis B e antigen is negative. There are antibodies to the e antigen but not to the surface antigen. The AST is 110 U/L, and the ALT is 88 U/L. The albumin, bilirubin, and alkaline phosphatase levels are normal.

Which of the following statements concerning this patient is false?

(A) He is a carrier of hepatitis B
(B) Lamivudine would be ineffective in treating his carrier state
(C) Interferon should be considered only if the e antigen is positive
(D) He is not infectious to other persons because the e antigen is negative
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D.

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Yeah....answer should be (D).......absence of antigen e lowers the risk but doesn't indicate that patient is not infectious to others........I think so
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my query

in A option, carrier of hepB and chronic hep B , are both these terms synonyms ?

ans is D.

wow, loved the explanations.
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did u took snaphshot of mtb?
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