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What Kind Of Doctor Should I Be Seeing If I Have Hepatitis
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
No specific test: Liver enzyme elevation (high ast, alt) raises suspicion of hepatitis. You can then test for viral hepatitis (a, b, or c), but there's no specific test for alcoholic hepatitis. The diagnosis would be suspected in a drinker with no evidence of viral hepatitis and with elevated bilirubin and liver enzymes, especially if the ast was at least twice as high as the alt. ...Read more
If i had a recent exposure to hepatitis C what kind of blood test can I ask my doctor to order which will show results the fastest?
A few things: The first is a routine antibody screen. If this is positive, then genetic typing of the virus (guides type of treatment). Then a hep c pcr to quantitate the amount of virus in your body. A liver function panel is also needed. A new test for liver fibrosis called the hep c fibrosure is an excellent non-invasive way to determine liver fibrosis without biopsy. Finally, a cea, AFP and a RUQ us. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have never had bad skin before. the doctors do not know what type of hepatitis I have yet. how long will it be until the bad skin goes?
I was positive for hepatitis C and then my doctor took another test to see if it was active. It was and it was 4 million what does that mean?
Active&4MillionCount: Active means that disease is active.Active means that you are actively infected with HepatitisC,and inactive means that you ha(ve had HepC in past and your body has made IGG Antibodies against the virus And 4 million is the Viral count(Load).Count 200000to1million is low count.I million 5 million eq/ml is medium,5to25millionis high,count over 25 million is very high. Follow with Liver Specialist ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would my dr. Call me if my blood test was positive for hepatitis? I have a fatty liver. My doctor doesn't want to see me for weeks though. Scared.
Local Problem: None of us here would know the norms for your physician. My patients are given their entire results the day after the visit by email. It is very unusual for any physician not to communicate lab and other test results in a timely manner. But this is not for us to solve. This is for you to communicate with your physician about. None of us know the lab results and would never guess. ...Read more
Through blood work: Which include hepatitis b surface antigen, hepatitis b surface antibody, hepatis b core antibody, hepatitis b e antigen, hepatitis b viral load etc. Depending on the combination of these etc, you can tell if its an acute infection or whether the person is already immune. ...Read more
Serum titers: Often a liver fuction panel ~ 6 serum tests, one blood draw will see if there is any indirect evidence of a liver problem. If these are elevated or there are other risk factors such and direct blood exposure to an individual that has or is thought to have hepatitis b one could go straight to obtaining a serum titer. ...Read more
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