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 virus can only be transmitted through blood transfer. But exposure to tiny amounts of blood is enough to cause infection.
There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C infection. Here are some steps you can take to prevent becoming infected with hepatitis C.
Never share needles. Intravenous drug users are at greatest risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C because many share needles. In addition to needles, the virus may be present in other equipment used with illicit drugs...
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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June 27, 2013
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