Hepatitis A (cont.)
Hepatitis A Diagnosis
The health care practitioner will ask questions about the illness and patient will be asked about his or her symptoms, and about any possible exposures to other people diagnosed with hepatitis, especially the type of hepatitis (type A, B, C, or others).
If the health care practitioner determines that the patient may be at risk for contracting hepatitis, then it is likely that the patient undergo blood tests.
- The blood will be tested to determine how well the liver is functioning.
- A test will be ordered to detect antibody to hepatitis A. The results of this test will also determine if the patient has been recently exposed to HAV.
- Blood probably will be tested for the hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses, and others. For example, if a patient has had a large amount of vomiting or has not been able to take in liquids, the blood electrolytes may be out of balance. Blood chemistry may be tested to check electrolytes.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014
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