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What tests might I need after being diagnosed with hepatitis C?

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Before treatment starts, you may have a liver biopsy. This shows how much harm the virus has done. The doctor will insert a special needle through your skin and into the organ. He'll use it to remove a small sample of tissue.

Other ways to measure damage to your liver are the Fibrosure blood test and an ultrasound based test. Your doctor will know which one is best for you.

From: Hepatitis C Diagnosis and Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Younossi ZM. May 1997. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

De Medina M, Schiff ER. 1995. Semin Liver Dis

Friedman LS: Chronic Hepatitis, In: Tierney LM, McPhee SJ, Papadakis MA (eds): , 36th edition, Appleton & Lange, Stamford CT, 1997. Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "FibroSURE and FibroScan in relation to treatment response in chronic hepatitis C virus."

CDC: "Testing for HCV Infection: An Update of Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Information on Testing & Diagnosis."

UpToDate: "Diagnosis and Evaluation of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection." Last updated September 10, 2014.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Younossi ZM. May 1997. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

De Medina M, Schiff ER. 1995. Semin Liver Dis

Friedman LS: Chronic Hepatitis, In: Tierney LM, McPhee SJ, Papadakis MA (eds): , 36th edition, Appleton & Lange, Stamford CT, 1997. Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "FibroSURE and FibroScan in relation to treatment response in chronic hepatitis C virus."

CDC: "Testing for HCV Infection: An Update of Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Information on Testing & Diagnosis."

UpToDate: "Diagnosis and Evaluation of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection." Last updated September 10, 2014.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

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