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Laboratory Testing for Hepatitis C

Patient Case

Slide 2

April 2008

Today, we are going to discuss a patient case to illustrate optimal laboratory testing for Hepatitis C.

This is the case of a 45-year-old healthy-appearing man, a former injection drug user, presenting for a pre-employment health examination. There were no abnormalities found on physical examination, but laboratory tests revealed mildly elevated serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level of 115 U/L.

The care provider suspects possible Hepatitis C in this patient. How can this diagnosis be confirmed or ruled out?

Patient Case


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