YEAH! Second- the liver doesn't produce antibodies, the immune system does, but if your question is should there be detectable antibodies if the body has been exposed to hepatitis, the answer is yes, usually- IF the viral load is high enough (ie a large enough exposure).
Alot of people don't seroconvert after a hep B series and it means they are not protected, unfortunately. It's an immune quirk that happens to some people. Usually we repeat the series (or sometimes just one booster) and check again after a few months. Commonly, they don't convert after the second series, either though. My DH is like that.
What is the plan- are they going to do an ultrasound of his liver? That's such an easy test- no radiation- that it'd be a shame not to check it out and be sorry later, KWIM?
Did I answer your questions at all, LOL?
Ariana Azar (12/23/03)