Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Blood Test, Quantitative, Real-time PCR
The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Blood Test, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR, detects and measures HCV RNA levels in the blood to monitor treatment response.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Blood Test, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR, which detects and measures HCV RNA levels in the blood to monitor treatment response. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that can cause chronic inflammation and liver damage if not detected and treated. It is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and often has no symptoms, making testing critical for diagnosis. Screening can differentiate HCV from other types of hepatitis, and an HCV antibody test is used to detect if someone has been infected with HCV. However, to accurately diagnose and monitor hepatitis C infection, a test that detects and quantifies the amount of HCV genetic material present in a blood sample is necessary.
It is highly recommended for individuals 18 years old or older to undergo Hepatitis C screening at least once. Screening is also advisable for pregnant women or those who have a higher risk of contracting the HCV infection. Since acute hepatitis C often shows no symptoms, getting screened is essential in diagnosing the condition before it leads to liver damage.
When should I order an HCV Blood Test, QN, Real-Time PCR?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to an HCV infection. Common signs or symptoms of HCV include:
- Dark-colored urine
- Gray- or clay-colored stools
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Joints or abdominal pain
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