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HCV RNA Genotype question

Sep 21, 2008

My lab results state: >HCV RNA Genotype, LIPA "We were unable to determine a HCV Genotype for this patient. This is usually due tot he low viral load, but would also be due to the presence of inhibitor or mutations of the viral genome.

What is the HCV Genotype and what is it for?

What is a "low viral load?"

Is this finding something to be concerned about?

Thank you in advance for your answers.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You don't indicate what your HCV viral load result is. That is a test that measures how much HCV virus is in the blood. HCV is really a family of viruses referred to by their HCV genotype (usually numbers like 1-10). HCV genotype 1 is the most common in the US. It is used to give a prognosis regarding treatment response.

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