Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test with Reflex on Positives
The Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test detects HCV antibodies in the blood; if positive, the Hepatitis C RNA test is automatically performed to confirm an active infection.
What is the purpose of this test?
The Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test with Reflex on Positives is a diagnostic test used to detect the presence of antibodies in a patient's blood against the Hepatitis C virus. This test is typically ordered when a patient has symptoms suggestive of Hepatitis C infection or if they have a higher risk of contracting the virus. The test involves two parts: an initial screening test and a second test called the Hepatitis C RNA test. The initial screening test checks for the presence of antibodies in the patient's blood, and if the test results are positive, the Hepatitis C RNA test is automatically performed to confirm the diagnosis of active Hepatitis C infection.
The purpose of the Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test with Reflex on Positives is to ensure that patients receive accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment. Early detection of Hepatitis C infection can help prevent further damage to the liver and other complications associated with the disease. Therefore, it is important for patients who have symptoms suggestive of Hepatitis C infection or have a higher risk of contracting the virus to get tested. The "reflex on positives" part of the test means that if the initial results come back positive, a second test will automatically be performed to confirm the diagnosis. This approach helps to ensure that patients receive the appropriate medical care they need to manage their condition effectively.
When should I order a Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test with Reflex on Positives?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms of a hepatitis C infection. Common signs or symptoms of a hepatitis C infection include:
- Joint pain
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
- Itchy skin
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Spider-like blood vessels on the skin (spider angiomas)
- Fluid buildup in the abdomen (ascites)
- Swelling in the legs
- Weight loss
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