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what are some of the tests for hepatitis?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The tests for Hepatitis include:: Acute hepatitis panel, Complete blood count, Basic metabolic panel, Coagulation profile, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B surface antibody, Hepatitis B core IgM antibodies, Hepatitis B core total, Hepatitis Be antigen, Hepatitis B viral DNA, Hepatitis Be antibody, Ultrasound of liver or gallbladder, Ammonia blood level, Liver biopsy, Alpha fetoprotein and AFP L3, Hepatitis C antibody, Aminotransferase, AST, SGPT, Bilirubin, Alkaline phosphatase, Albumin, Prothrombin time, ANA, Smooth muscle Ab, Hepatitis A IgM, Ceruloplasmin, Iron and iron binding capacity, Ultrasound of abdomen, Blood Urea Nitrogen, Creatinine.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of hepatitis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Many: Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Can be infectious (variety of viruses including mono from epstein barr or cmv, hep a, b, c, d and others), toxic exposure or reaction to meds, drugs, alcohol, autoimmune, metabolic, conditions in pregnancy, obstruction to flow of bile, poor blood flow, and more.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to visit someone with hepatitis?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes!: Always use good hand hygiene when visiting anyone who is sick. You didn't mention what type of hepatitis your friend has--some types like hepatitis b and c are spread by contact with blood or sexual contact, so it is very unlikely you could be exposed to them by just a casual visit. Hepatitis a is commonly spread via food. You can have a nice visit without any direct physical contact.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What precautions should I take with other people if I have hepatitis?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Depends on the virus: Hep a is passed fecal to oral hep b is extremely contagious and is in all body fluids hep c is less contagious than hep b and is only passed via blood. Always practice safe sex.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What questions should I ask my doctor if I was just diagnosed with hepatitis?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Hepatitis cause?: Hepatitis means 'inflammation' of the liver. It can have many cuases and, at times, more than one. Viruses, alcohol fat, hereditary causes, medications or drugs, or other infections can all cause 'hepatitis'. It is important to understand the cause so you can be advised appropriately. Inflammation leads to scarring. Stage 4 of 4 scarring = cirrhosis (i.e. Alcohol not necessary)...
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for non-a non-b hepatitis?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Test for hepatitis C: Non-a, non-b hepatitis is basically synonymous with hepatitis c.

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