What is included in the long-term monitoring of hepatitis C?

Updated: May 10, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Long-term monitoring is essential in patients with chronic HCV infection because the risk of liver cancer is high, even in sustained virologic responders. [8] The prothrombin time is useful for assessing liver function. The serum alpha-fetoprotein assay is a potential screening test for HCC. Ultrasonography is potentially useful to monitor for hepatitis C virus–related complications such as portal hypertension and HCC.


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