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Alternate Names : Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

Hepatitis may be diagnosed using a variety of tests. It can be suspected after a physical examination. Further tests may be ordered, including:

  • liver function tests
  • X-rays
  • ultrasounds
  • barium studies
  • liver-spleen scans
  • A liver biopsy may be recommended in some cases. This involves obtaining a piece of liver tissue with a needle for evaluation. Liver biopsy specimens can be graded in terms of severity. Liver biopsies may have to be done repeatedly to detect progression of the disease or response to therapy.

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    Hepatitis: Prevention & Expectations

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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