Hepatitis C RNA Test
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The hepatitis C RNA test, sometimes known as a hep c RNA lab test, checks the HCV RNA blood level.
The hepatitis C RNA test is useful in tracking the hep C viral load in people with chronic hepatitis C infections. As a quantitative test, it will report a number if adequate amounts of hep C RNA is detectable. This RNA blood test is a useful measurement before a person diagnosed with hepatitis C starts treatment as well as during ongoing treatment. Typically, treatment success will result in declining HCV RNA levels. While this is a helpful test for determining hepatitis C viral load, it does not give any indication of the specific impact that hepatitis C has had on the liver tissue itself or its function.
This HCV RNA test uses a process known as real-time polymerase chain reaction. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a lab method that takes small amounts of RNA and amplifies it. PCR makes quantifying the amount of hepatitis C RNA in the blood easier to do.
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