Doctors will generally carry out just one set of tests as an initial determinant for HBV infection, to find out the cause of observed symptoms. Another specialised test may be carried out after the diagnosis, to monitor progression of the disease, or to determine if the person is a carrier of the virus.
Below is a summary of the sets of tests usually used for initial screening of HBV infection.
Though the screenings listed above are specific to HBV, other liver tests like aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) may be carried out to observe and study the progression of the disease further. Doctors may even carry out a liver biopsy to determine the extent of damage to the liver.
Doctors will perform a hepatitis B screening when a patient presents with signs and symptoms related to the infection. The symptoms may include :
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