What is the role of lab tests in the workup of HCV-caused viral arthritis?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Rabea Ahmed Khouqeer, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The following tests may be ordered for hepatitis C virus (HCV):

  • Bilirubin and transaminase levels – These are typically elevated, but normal transaminase levels do not exclude HCV infection
  • Anti-HCV
  • HCV-RNA by PCR
  • Cryoglobulins and RF

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