Understanding Hepatitis C -- the Basics
Get the basics on hepatitis C from the experts at WebMD.
Understanding Hepatitis C -- Symptoms
Get the basics on symptoms of hepatitis C from the experts at WebMD.
Understanding Hepatitis C -- Diagnosis and Treatment
Get information on how hepatitis C is diagnosed and treated from experts at WebMD.
What the Liver Does - Topic Overview
A healthy liver performs the following functions: It regulates the composition of blood,including the amounts of sugar (glucose),protein,and fat that enter the bloodstream. It removes bilirubin,ammonia,and other toxins from the blood. (Bilirubin is a by-product of the breakdown of hemoglobin from red blood cells.) It processes most of the nutrients absorbed by the intestines during ...
Hepatitis C Tests
WebMD describes the various tests used to diagnose a hepatitis C infection and the amount of damage to the liver.
Hepatitis C Virus Tests
Hepatitis C virus tests detect substances in the blood that indicate a hepatitis infection is active, chronic, or has occurred in the past. The tests detect proteins (antibodies) or genetic material (DNA or RNA) of the virus that causes hepatitis.
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.
How Does Hepatitis C Affect Your Liver?
A look at the symptoms of hepatitis C, including symptoms of liver complications such as cirrhosis.
When Hepatitis C Worsens
A look at the complications that can develop in the later stages of hepatitis C.
Foods and Drugs to Avoid if You Have Hepatitis C
A look at what foods and drugs you should avoid if you have hepatitis C, including common painkillers and alcoholic drinks.