How Is Hepatitis C (HCV) Diagnosed?

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Hepatitis C is usually picked up on blood testing. Often as the work up of abnormal liver blood chemistries. However since most patients have no symptoms and can often have normal blood test. It's important that patients get screened for hepatitis C. The CDC or Centers for Disease Control, now recommend that all individuals born between 1945 and 1965, and that's all us baby boomers to get a screening test for hepatitis C.

It's a simple blood test and you can obtain form any doctor. Once you have a positive test of the antibody to hepatitis C, this test needs to be confirmed with the test for the virus itself. Further work up may include an ultrasound other blood test and in some cases a liver biopsy to access how much inflammation and scarring the hepatitis has caused in your liver.