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What Kind Of Doctor Should I Be Seeing If I Have Hepatitis
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
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 : Viral load or count doesn't mean anything other than an active infection. The absolute value has no relevance other than for determining length of treatment in a patient that has never received treatment and does not have cirrhosis. Harvoni for example can be used for 8 weeks instead of 12 in genotype 1 patients. You're genotype needs to be determined more than anything ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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.
Yes: in general your doctor should be calling you to discuss all your test results, regardless of positive or negative. Some doctors that are busy will just not call if tests are negative. But that's not an excuse as how does the patient know his tests were reviewed. You have a right to see all your test results and have them fully explained. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bloodwork: Combination of antibodies and PCR testing.Get a more detailed answer ›
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