Hepatitis C Examination Results?
I want to ask before I was diagnosed with hepatitis C by PMI and I tested the RCV RNA as a result the virus was not detected. CM my symptoms are abdominal pain, cm I just normal normal chapter. After eating and drinking milk, my stomach hurts. And I was weak due to mild headaches. And often sleepy sleepy does it affect hepatitis C? What test should I do to find out this disease ???? Please answer b
Hello Wiji Astuti,
Hepatitis C is an inflammatory disease of the liver caused by hepatitis C virus infection. This virus can be transmitted through sexual contact and blood contact through insecure transfusions, needle exchange with patients, tattoo kits, and so on. The initial symptoms of hepatitis C usually vary from no symptoms at all, to symptoms such as nausea, malaise, fatigue, fever. Hepatitis C has complications into liver cirrhosis or liver cancer many years later due to chronic inflammation. Symptoms of an advanced stage can be an enlarged abdomen, yellow skin, brown discoloration, weight loss, enlargement of blood vessels in the abdominal skin, redness of the hands, and so on.
Some blood tests can be done to diagnose hepatitis C. Anti-HCV examination is used to diagnose antibodies against hepatitis C. The positive results do not necessarily indicate that you are infected with this virus. Positive results can indicate you have been previously exposed to this virus and your immune system forms antibodies against the virus. Confirmation checks can be done by examining HCV RNA. A positive HCV RNA test indicates that you have a hepatitis C infection. A negative test result can indicate that you are not infected with the hepatitis C virus or that you are infected but that the level of the virus in the blood is still too low to be detected. If you are a high-risk person (have had free sex, use of exchange needles, have tattoos, etc.), the HCV RNA examination can be repeated 1 month later to make sure the results are truly positive or truly negative. You can consult further with a specialist in internal medicine regarding hepatitis C. Thus my explanation, hopefully useful.