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Overview of Hepatitis C Lab Tests

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Laboratory tests: Overview

Once you've been diagnosed with hepatitis C, your VA doctor probably will order a number of tests to learn about your overall health, to decide whether drug therapy is appropriate, and to learn about your body's internal functioning (including how well your liver is working).

Some tests will be done very soon after you've been diagnosed with hepatitis C, while other tests will continue to be done on a regular basis. These tests will monitor your health and help you and your doctor decide when treatment is appropriate (or, if you've already begun treatment, whether it's working).

In the following sections, you can learn about the tests, why your doctor may have ordered them, and what the results mean.

Note:

Normal values for laboratory tests can vary from one lab to another. Check with your doctor on the normal range for your lab tests.