Font Size
A
A
A
...
6
...

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

Must Read Articles Related to Hepatitis A

Cirrhosis
Cirrhosis Cirrhosis is a chronic (ongoing, long-term) disease of the liver. It means damage to the normal liver tissue that keeps this important organ from working as it ...learn more >>
Hepatitis B (HBV, Hep B)
Hepatitis B Hepatitis is a general term that means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B is caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV, Hep B). Hepatitis B is tra...learn more >>
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is contagious. Symptoms of hepatitis include fatigue, abdom...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Hepatitis A (HAV, Hep A):

Hepatitis A - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A - Treatment

What was the treatment for your hepatitis A infection?




Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Hepatitis A »

One of the more common causes of acute hepatitis is hepatitis A virus (HAV).

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary