Your doctor 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.
A group of blood tests called a liver panel will check how healthy your liver is and how well it is functioning.
The liver panel test will check blood levels of:
- Liver enzymes that might leak into the blood when the liver is damaged, such as:
- Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
A viral load test shows the amount of virus in the blood. Your doctor may also do a liver biopsy or ultrasound to check the size and health of your liver, including the stage of liver disease.
Monitoring chronic hepatitis C
- See your doctor regularly
- Talk to your doctor about changes in symptoms or new symptoms
- Follow up with test results for:
- Liver biopsy