Exams and Tests
Your doctor will
hepatitis B based on a physical
exam and blood tests. He or she also will ask about your medical history (including possible risks for the virus, such as your job and sexual activity).
Blood tests to diagnose hepatitis B
tests are done to help diagnose hepatitis B. They include:
- Hepatitis B and C: Should I Be Tested?
Blood tests to check for liver damage
Blood tests may be done to help find out if your liver
has been damaged. They include:
Tests if you are having treatment or are thinking about it
Tests may be done if you have chronic hepatitis and are
considering antiviral treatment. These tests also may be used to find out
whether treatment has helped control liver damage. The tests include:
- Imaging tests.
- Removing a tissue sample from the liver (liver biopsy).
Test for liver cancer
alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test may be done. If the AFP
level is high, it may point to liver cancer.
If you have
chronic infection, you will need to visit your doctor
regularly. He or she will do blood tests to check your liver function and the
activity of the virus in your body.
Some of the tests can tell your
doctor if the virus is multiplying in your liver. This raises your risk for chronic