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Diagnosis of Viral Hepatitis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will also be done.

Tests to diagnose hepatitis may include the following:

  • Blood tests—Your blood is checked for the presence of hepatitis antigens and antibodies. Antigens are foreign proteins that are part of the hepatitis viruses. Antibodies are proteins that your body has made to fight the infectious agents.
  • Liver function studies—The levels of various liver enzymes, bilirubin, and clotting factors in your blood are measured to determine how your liver is functioning.
  • Liver biopsy—A sample of liver tissue is removed and examined under a microscope.
Liver Biopsy
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Revision Information

  • Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114868/Hepatitis-A-virus-HAV-infection. Updated January 29, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115624/Hepatitis-B-virus-HBV-infection. Updated June 29, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Hepatitis C. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115157/Hepatitis-C. Updated August 30, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Hepatitis C (acute). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T413896/Hepatitis-C-acute. Updated January 8, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Hepatitis D virus (HDV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T233684/Hepatitis-D-virus-HDV-infection. Updated February 11, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116562/Hepatitis-E-virus-HEV-infection. Updated September 6, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Overview of acute viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hepatic-and-biliary-disorders/hepatitis/overview-of-acute-viral-hepatitis. Updated July 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Overview of chronic viral hepatitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hepatic-and-biliary-disorders/hepatitis/overview-of-chronic-hepatitis. Updated July 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

  • Viral hepatitis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis. Updated September 12, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.