What Tests Are Used to Monitor Chronic Hepatitis C?

Your health care provider may use blood tests, liver biopsies, and ultrasound to monitor your chronic hepatitis C infection. Some of these tests are done on a regular basis, and others are done less often.

Your health care provider may choose to do a group of blood tests called a liver panel. These tests will check how healthy your liver is and how well it is functioning.

Your health care provider will check blood levels of:

  • Liver enzymes (EN-zahyms) that might leak into the blood when the liver is damaged, such as:
    • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
    • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
  • Albumin (ahl-BYUE-min), a protein whose levels go down when the liver is damaged
  • Bilirubin (BIL-uh-rue-bin), a substance whose levels go up when the liver is not working
  • Viral load will show the amount of virus in the blood

Your health care provider may also do a liver biopsy or ultrasound to check the size and health of your liver, including the stage of liver disease.

Chronic hepatitis C monitoring

  • See your health care provider regularly
  • Talk to your health care provider about changes in symptoms or new symptoms
  • Follow up with test results for:
    • Blood
    • Liver biopsy
    • Ultrasound
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