Tumor necrosis factor alpha is a master cytokine of inflammation and defense against infections, that also plays a key role in pathological inflammatory states like arthritis, colitis, crohns etc.
Several expensive infusible drugs are now available to bind it like eg rhe monoclonal Humira or the receptor blocker embrel to prevent it's action.
These drugs help against the inflammatory condition, but also weaken the defense system, so that suppressed infections like tuberculosis or functionally cured hepatitis b can reactivate.
I got scared again for a minute when u said I failed to clear...
Thank u both
according to ur lab result you have cleared! you are free now but to be safe do what Studyforhope suggested
I thought I cleared...
march06 why ur saying I didn't?
hey! this is really good news.... please post your case in detail, are you considered chronic for failing to clear with in 6 months? may be some people take 1 year to clear HbsAg.
No need to worry, you are really fine. Your results are clear and simple.
This is driving me crazy as I have no idea on how to interpretate those results
My appoint is next week and by just reading over the Internet gets more confusing every time
I do appreciate your reply!!
You cleared hepatitis b and will be fine. I you ever have chemotherapy or TNF ALPHA supressing or blocking therapy, tell you doctor to place you under the temporal protection by tenofovir to prevent a reactivation.