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Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping

Overview Brief

 Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping aids in classifying the HCV Virus and designing effective treatment plans.

What is Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping?

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping is a blood test to study the DNA of the HCV virus and classify it into genotype 1,2 etc. Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping allows doctors to offer personalized treatment to the patient, based on the type of virus causing the infection. (1)

Why is Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping Suggested?

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping is suggested to identify the type of virus and use medications that target the specific genotype. (2)

How is Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping Performed?

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping is performed using one of the three methods 5’-UTR, RT-PCR or LiPA. (3)

  • An intravenous blood sample is collected from the patient.
  • The sample is tested at the laboratory to determine the genotype of the HCV virus.

What are the Parameters Measured in Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping?

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping determines the genotype of the HCV virus.

Preparation before the Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping does not need any prior preparation.

  • Inform your doctor about medical history.
  • Follow the guidelines given by your healthcare professional about diet and medicines before Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping.

Post-care after Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping requires a small sample of blood.

  • The patient can go home after providing a sample.
  • Lie down for some time, if you feel lightheaded.

Sample Types in Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping is done using a single specimen.

  • Blood sample.

Side-effects of Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping

Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping is a blood draw test.

  • Using a needle to draw a sample for Hepatitis C Virus – Genotyping may pose a risk of infection.
  • The patient may feel weak or dizzy.

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