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.