Checking For Hepatitis B?
Hello. I was diagnosed positive for hepatitis B in 2011/2012. Then I also went to the hospital several times. The last time I checked for hep B was in 2015. At that time I was checked for liver dysfunction. I remember cirrhosis. Is it true? R nI want to check my condition again for the presence or absence of liver dysfunction. What is the name of the blood test? Because when I called the laboratory clinic, I was even offered a package of 800 thousand-4 million. Depends on what is checked. Even though I didn’t spend that much money to check first.
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Hepatitis B is a disease caused by infection with the Hepatitis B virus. Most people who experience hepatitis B infection can recover on their own without certain treatment, while in a small proportion of people, hepatitis B virus infection will persist into chronic hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is said to be chronic if the infection persists after 6 months.
Chronic hepatitis B infection can cause damage to the liver if it is not given proper treatment regularly. This liver damage can cause scar tissue to appear in the liver so that liver function decreases. This condition in which healthy liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue is known as cirrhosis of the liver. To be able to diagnose liver cirrhosis, it is necessary to do tests in the form of blood tests or image scans (such as ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI). Chronic hepatitis B sufferers also have a higher risk of developing liver cancer.
If you have chronic hepatitis B, you should immediately consult an Internal Medicine doctor. The doctor will further check whether your hepatitis B infection is still active, including checking your liver function to see how much liver damage has occurred. The doctor can provide antiviral treatment to treat the hepatitis B virus developing and further damage the liver. It is better if blood tests or other supporting examinations are carried out on the instructions of your internal medicine doctor so that it is more targeted and you do not waste money on examinations that are not very useful.
Here is an article you can read about hepatitis B and cirrhosis of the liver.
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