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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. 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 ...

    3. Hepatitis Panel - Topic Overview

      Six major strains (genotypes) of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) cause infection. You may be infected with more than one genotype at a time.Genotype 1 is the most common strain in the United States.Genotypes 1, 2, and 3 are found worldwide.Genotype 4 is found throughout northern Africa.Genotype 5 commonly is found in South Africa.Genotype 6 is common in Asia.Genotype testing is done with a blood test.How genotype affects treatmentAlthough genotype tests are not used to diagnose HCV infection, they may be done before treatment begins. Knowing the genotype may help a doctor choose the best treatment plan. You should know your genotype before treatment starts.Antiviral medicines are more likely to work for people who have genotype 2 or 3. If blood tests show that you have responded to antiviral therapy (the virus is not detected in your blood) after 6 months, treatment may be:Continued for another 6 months, if you are infected with genotype 1.Stopped, if you are infected with genotype 2 or

    4. Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs) for Chronic Hepatitis B

      Drug details for Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) for chronic hepatitis B.

    5. 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 ...

    6. 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 ...

    7. Hepatitis Panel - 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 ...

    8. 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 ...

    9. 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 ...

    10. Immunoglobulin (IG) for Hepatitis A

      Drug details for Immune globulin (IG) for hepatitis A.

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