Hepatitis B Viral DNA - Topic Overview
The hepatitis B virus contains DNA. If DNA from the hepatitis B virus is found in your blood sample,then your doctor knows that the virus is multiplying. You are contagious when HBV DNA is present. The higher the level of HBV DNA,the more contagious you are. If you have a long-term (chronic) HBV infection,the presence of high levels of viral DNA means that you are at increased risk for ...
Hepatitis B: Postvaccination Test for Immunity - Topic Overview
A postvaccination test for immunity to the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is recommended only if you: Have an impaired immune system. This can be caused by many things,such as infection with HIV or the use of medicines to prevent organ rejection. Are older than age 49. Received the hepatitis B vaccine in the buttock. (The vaccine is less effective when given in the buttock. It is more effective ...
Hepatitis B Virus Tests
Hepatitis B virus tests look for substances in the blood that show a hepatitis infection is active, ongoing (chronic), or has occurred in the past. The tests look for antigens, antibodies, or genetic material (DNA) of the virus that causes hepatitis.
Hepatitis B Treatment Recommendations - Topic Overview
The American Association for the Study of Liver Disease has made recommendations for treating long-term (chronic) hepatitis B. These recommendations are based on the presence of hepatitis B antigens in your blood,the level of hepatitis B viral DNA ( HBV DNA ) in your blood,and the levels of your liver enzymes. Chronic hepatitis B can be HBeAg-positive or -negative. This means a specific ...
Liver and Spleen Scan
A liver and spleen scan is a nuclear scanning test that is done to check the liver and spleen for disease.
Hepatitis A - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about hepatitis A: What is hepatitis A? What are the types of viral hepatitis? What is fulminant hepatitis? What is cholestatic hepatitis? Being diagnosed: What is the test for antibodies to the hepatitis A virus? Getting treatment: What is immunoglobulin,and how can it prevent infection? Preventing hepatitis A: What's the simplest way to avoid hepatitis A? Who should get the hepatitis ...
Fulminant Hepatitis - Topic Overview
People who have fulminant hepatitis typically develop the symptoms seen in viral hepatitis and then rapidly (within hours,days,or occasionally weeks) develop severe,often life-threatening liver failure. Symptoms of severe liver failure include confusion,extreme irritability,altered consciousness (usually leading to unconsciousness or coma),blood-clotting defects,and buildup of fluid in ...
Hepatitis A Guide - Topic Overview
Hepatitis A and Undercooked Shellfish - Topic Overview
Eating raw shellfish,especially oysters,may put you at risk for hepatitis A. Bivalves such as oysters and clams filter large amounts of water when feeding. If shellfish are living in water that has been contaminated with stool containing the hepatitis A virus,the shellfish may carry the virus. People then may get it when they eat the raw or undercooked shellfish. Raw shellfish also may ...
Immunoglobulin (IG) for Hepatitis A
Drug details for Immune globulin (IG) for hepatitis A.