Common Medical Tests for People with Hep C
For people who have been diagnosed with hepatitis C, blood tests, scans, and other medical tests are fairly common. If you have just been diagnosed, your doctor may order blood tests or imaging to determine your viral load level, and assess your liver function. If you are in the middle of treatment, your doctor may recommend tests to see how well your treatment is working. After getting cured, regular tests will help your doctor to make sure you are healthy, and that your liver is healing.
No matter where you are on your fight against hepatitis C, medical tests are probably part of the deal. As part of Hepatitis Awareness Month, we’re discussing some of these common medical tests, and sharing tips for better understanding your lab results.
If you’re interested in learning more about common medical tests and understanding your test results, check-out the articles below, or ask us a question here.
Top Lab Tests for the Liver
Most of us have spent time staring at those numbers from our blood work. When trying to understand the comprehensive metabolic panel, or CMP, it’s good to have a general idea of what the top lab tests for the liver are, and what they mean. Read more.
What Is Viral Load?
Viral load testing is an important part of diagnosing, treating, and curing hepatitis C. But what is viral load? What’s a “good” viral load number? And how can it change over time? Read more.
Tracking Your Liver Lab Tests
There are many lab tests done to help diagnosis liver disease. Understanding and tracking liver lab tests can help you, and your doctor, make decisions about hepatitis C treatment, and also long-term care. Read more.
Understanding Your Test Results: Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count is a blood test that measures the levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in your blood. Check-out our guide to understanding your complete blood count. Read more.
Understanding Your Test Results: Liver Function Tests
Liver function tests measure the enzymes and proteins produced by the liver. These tests can tell your doctor how well or poorly your liver is functioning, and if the liver has been damaged. Check-out our guide to understanding your liver function tests. Read more.
Liver Scans: What to Expect
As part of your treatment plan, your liver doctor may schedule various liver scans. Once you are diagnosed with hep C, there may be many scans ordered. Here is an overview of various types of liver scans. Read more.
If you have HCV, your doctor will evaluate and monitor the severity of your condition by measuring the degree (or stage) of fibrosis in your liver. Knowing the stage of fibrosis will help your doctor determine how advanced your liver disease is. Read more.