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Laboratory Testing for Hepatitis C



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April 2008

Dr. Joseph Yao discusses the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with Hepatitis C, including the different screening tests available for detection and confirmation.

Hepatitis C, a blood-borne infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus, is primarily diagnosed by the elevated serum levels of Alanine transaminase (ALT). Most patients are generally asymptomatic or experience mild symptoms. If the patients are untreated, the infection can later result in cirrhosis and liver cancer.

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