Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease

Menu
Menu

Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge
 

Hemoglobin: Associated Laboratory Test for Hepatitis C

for Veterans and the Public

Hemoglobin - Hepatitis C for Patients

Hemoglobin is a protein within red blood cells. Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen to the rest of the body.

Explanation of test results:

Measuring hemoglobin levels helps to estimate the number of red blood cells in the body. A low hemoglobin level is referred to as "anemia." If hemoglobin levels are very low, patients may feel tired easily.

Other things to know:

  • The hemoglobin level is related to the hematocrit (see next screen: "Hematocrit").
  • Low hemoglobin levels can develop during treatment with interferon and ribavirin.
  • Often, lowering the dosage of ribavirin will help bring the hemoglobin level back up.
  • Often, a medication called Epogen can be used by patients receiving treatment to bring the hemoglobin level back up.