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Hepatitis C is a viral infection primarily of the liver. Upon initial infection patients may develop an acute hepatitis syndrome of varying severity, or remain symptom-free. Chronic infections follow in 50-80% of all cases. Chronic hepatitis C remains latent for years or decades before reemerging to cause cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Limitations: • A negative test result does not exclude the possibility of exposure to hepatitis C virus. • The calculated values for hepatitis C in a given specimen as determined by assays from different manufacturers can vary due to differences in assay methods and reagent specificity. Values obtained with different assay methods cannot be used interchangeably. • The performance of the assay has not been established for populations of immunocompromised, immunosuppressed, neonatal specimens, infants, children, or adolescent patients and cadaver specimens. • A reactive anti-HCV result does not exclude co-infection by another hepatitis virus.
a. Hepatitis C Ab
b. Hep. C Virus Ab (HCVAB)