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
- 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
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