The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

liver biopsy for diagnosis?
Feb 27, 2002

I know that biopsy is used to assess degree of damage to the liver. However, in the event of serologic test negatives for viral hepatitis but sustained raised ALTS and other symptoms, can the liver biopsy be used to actually diagnose viral hepatitis?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

If serologic tests are negative then PCR tests should be used to look for HCV and HBV. If they are negative, liver biopsy can still be useful to diagnose other liver diseases than viral hepatitis like PBC, autoimmune hepatitis, etc. Good luck! DTD

ALT level prognostic of immune response?
PCR testing

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint