Male patient who is working in the hospital and may be infected with contaminated blood had hepatitis with genome IA 5 years ago. His hepatitis A at that time was confirmed with the rise of anti.HAV IgM and later with anti-HAV IgG type antibodies. His wife is known to have antibodies against C hepatitits. The patient had icteric illness in about three weeks ago. Which are the best indicators in diagnosing his hepatitis?
Right answer is: Detection of HBsAg and anti-HCV antibodies.
I think this is because
- to check if he has hepatitis B by HBsAg
- to check if he has HepC by the antibody
Serum antigen of HB tells us about the levels of IgM and IgG. If vaccinated, then IgG should be positive, I think? What does HBsAg tell you?
Why do we need to detect anti-HCV? If they are found, what does it mean? I think that then it means if found that he does not have hepatitis C then.