Hepatitis C is a viral illness that targets the liver and may result in severe liver damage, such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. It is a widespread illness that affects millions of individuals globally. Hepatitis C, fortunately, is curable with antiviral medicines.
This post will look at the whole hepatitis C treatment process, from diagnosis to recovery.
Hepatitis C Diagnosis
The first step in treating hepatitis C is to diagnose it. Blood tests that seek antibodies to the virus and measure the quantity of virus in the blood may be used to diagnose hepatitis C (viral load).
A blood test that checks for the presence of antibodies to the virus is the most often used test to diagnose hepatitis C.
The individual will be sent to a specialist for further testing if the test results are positive.
Hepatitis C Staging
Once a person has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, the illness must be staged.
The phrase “disease staging” refers to evaluating the extent of liver damage produced by the infection. This is significant because the degree of liver damage will dictate the treatment strategy and the likelihood of a successful cure.
Hepatitis C may be staged using various techniques, including liver biopsy, ultrasonography, and blood testing.
The most precise way of staging is the liver biopsy, but it is also the most invasive.
Other approaches, such as ultrasound and blood testing, are less intrusive and less