Tags: hepatits | c | signs | symptoms | symptoms of hepatitis c | hepatitis c signs | treatments for hepatitis c

Hepatitis C Diagnosis

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 04:04 PM

Hepatitis C can be a deadly disease. As symptoms often do not appear until the disease has progressed significantly, liver damage can occur in addition to liver failure, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Some do have hepatitis C for only a short period of time, but in most cases the virus becomes chronic. Often this disease is spread when drug users share needles. Some who had an organ transplant or blood transfusion before 1992 may also be infected as blood and organs were not screened for this disease before then. Tattoo parlors may also be another source of infection.
If your doctor suspects you might have hepatitis C, he will review your medical history and do a complete exam. Often though, this disease will be caught during a routine exam or when you go to donate blood. When high liver enzymes are detected, this is what alerts your doctor to the possibility of infection. When this happens, he will order liver function tests. The purpose of these tests is to determine if you have liver damage.
A hepatitis C virus test will most likely be conducted also. This blood test looks for any antibodies that are present which fight the virus. If they are present, next you will have another blood test to detect the presence of any hepatitis C virus genetic material which determines your exposure to the infection. This test will also show if you are currently infected. When conducting these tests, your doctor will also explain the advantages and disadvantages of these tests while also explaining what a positive hepatitis C diagnosis will mean for you now and in the future.
If the blood tests show that you are infected with the hepatitis C virus, a liver biopsy may be ordered. This will show the extent of the liver damage. A needle will be inserted between the ribs. A small section of liver tissue will be collected so it may be examined under a microscope. Other tests that may be performed include an MRI, ultrasound, or CT scan to ensure you do not have liver cancer. Your doctor may also recommend a blood test to determine the type of hepatitis C you have as this will help determine the proper treatment protocol.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on Newsmax.com is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in Newsmaxhealth.com and Newsmax.com do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.

Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
Get me on Fast Features
Keeping you up to speed on Lifestyle, health, and money-saving tips
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved