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What Tests Are Used to Monitor Chronic Hepatitis C?

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)
  • Albumin
  • Bilirubin

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:
    • Blood
    • Liver biopsy
    • Ultrasound