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    1. Hepatitis C Tests

      WebMD describes the various tests used to diagnose a hepatitis C infection and the amount of damage to the liver.

    2. 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 ...

    3. 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.

    4. Hepatitis C - 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 ...

    5. Hepatitis Panel - 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 ...

    6. Hepatitis Panel - 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 ...

    7. Interferons for Chronic Hepatitis B

      Drug details for Interferons for chronic hepatitis B.

    8. Hepatitis B and C: Risk of Liver Cancer - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Hepatitis B: Should I Take Antiviral Medicine for Chronic Hepatitis B?

    9. Hepatitis C - Topic Overview

      During a liver transplant,your damaged liver is removed and replaced with a healthy one from an organ donor. Liver transplantation is done to treat long-term (chronic) hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection only after all other treatments have not worked,because transplanted organs can become reinfected with HBV. Recurrent infections are often severe,leading to rapid failure of the transplanted ...

    10. Hepatitis A - Topic Overview

      The following tips can help you prevent the spread of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Inform the people you live with and/or have sex with about your illness as soon as possible. If you have long-term (chronic) HBV infection,you can infect others with the virus even if you have no symptoms of illness. Do not donate blood or blood products,organs,semen,or eggs (ova). Stop all sexual activity ...

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