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If you have cirrhosis from hepatitis c, are there certain tests that you need to take?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Yes

It is usually diagnosed after finding elevated liver enzymes indicating injury.
There are specific tests that find antibodies to the virus, and more specific tests that show how much virus is present in the body. Liver scans or ultrasounds can show if the liver is damaged and/or scarred. The ultimate gold-standard test is a liver biopsy, where a needle is inserted under imaging to get tissue.

In brief: Yes

It is usually diagnosed after finding elevated liver enzymes indicating injury.
There are specific tests that find antibodies to the virus, and more specific tests that show how much virus is present in the body. Liver scans or ultrasounds can show if the liver is damaged and/or scarred. The ultimate gold-standard test is a liver biopsy, where a needle is inserted under imaging to get tissue.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Cirrhosis management

Yes. Cirrhosis of any cause needs ongoing management.
, incl. Blood tests, imaging, endoscopy etc. And hepatitis c treatment options have changed. Recomend you be seen by a hepatologist (liver specialist) or a GI with an interest in liver disease - call their office and see if they are offering hep c therapy - often through an affiliated 'mid-level' i.e. A nurse practitioner because of time.

In brief: Cirrhosis management

Yes. Cirrhosis of any cause needs ongoing management.
, incl. Blood tests, imaging, endoscopy etc. And hepatitis c treatment options have changed. Recomend you be seen by a hepatologist (liver specialist) or a GI with an interest in liver disease - call their office and see if they are offering hep c therapy - often through an affiliated 'mid-level' i.e. A nurse practitioner because of time.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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