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Would a hepatitic function panel always show if a patient had hepatitis c? could it show up later?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
No and Yes: The measurable level of hepatic "function" tests often has little association with hep c infection which can remain silent for years. It can be detected at a later date.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
No: This is a very tough area for dr's.There is a lot of hep "c" we are missing and I do look for this silent and dangerous disease when i see abnormal liver function tests.I'll bet other dr's weigh in on this.

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