Hepatitis C (cont.)
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Your health-care professional will interview the person about the posibility of hepatitis C infection. He or she will be asked about symptoms and any exposures to hepatitis viruses.
If the doctor determines that the person may be at risk for contracting hepatitis, laboratory tests will be ordered to determine whether the individual has acquired HCV and certain other hepatitis viruses.
The laboratory will also do several tests to determine how well the patient's liver is functioning.
Liver biopsy is the ultimate test to determine whether the virus is causing liver damage. It is not necessary for diagnosis, but provides useful information about the stage of disease (the amount of liver damage that has already occurred), and helps to decide whether treatment is needed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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