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FAQ:If you have cirrhosis from hepatitis C, are there certain tests that you need to have?

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Q: If you have cirrhosis from hepatitis C, are there certain tests that you need to have?

If you have cirrhosis, you should discuss with your doctor whether to do the following:

  1. Get screened for liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). Typically, this involves having an ultrasound every 6-12 months.
  2. Get tested for the presence of varices, which are abnormal blood vessels in the esophagus or stomach that can lead to bleeding. Typically, this involves an EGD (upper GI endoscopy) procedure and it is recommended this test be done every 2 years.
  3. Get blood tests to evaluate how your liver is doing. Typically, this involves blood cell counts, blood clotting measurements, liver enzyme tests, and tests of kidney function.
  4. Have your MELD score calculated. Your doctor or provider can calculate this using the results of your blood tests. The MELD score represents the severity of your liver disease.