There are different hepatitis panels. Some tests look for proteins (antibodies) that the body makes to fight the
infection. Other tests look for
antigens or the genetic material (DNA or
RNA) of the viruses that cause hepatitis. A common
panel checks for:
Hepatitis C is a sneaky virus. About 80% of infected people don't have any symptoms of the virus, and their liver shows only a little damage. Many of these people are diagnosed with hepatitis C after showing abnormal liver enzymes on routine blood tests. Other people -- about 10% to 20% of those infected with the virus -- develop cirrhosis after having the infection for 20 or 30 years. This is when the normal functioning liver is replaced by scar tissue. A smaller number of people develop liver...
Your doctor may order a hepatitis panel if you have
symptoms of hepatitis. These symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain,
yellowing of your eyes or skin (jaundice), dark
yellow urine, and feeling very tired. This blood test also may be done if you
were recently exposed to a hepatitis virus, even if you do not have
If the term "w/reflex" is listed in your test results, this
means that the blood test was repeated to confirm a positive result on your
first hepatitis blood test. A positive result may mean that you have hepatitis
antibodies from a recent infection.
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July 06, 2011
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