How is Hepatitis B Diagnosed?
The Hepatitis B serology is necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis of acute and chronic Hepatitis B. As with all liver diseases, even if a person feels fine, that is no guarantee that his/her liver is doing fine. In addition to a battery of blood tests and at least one imaging study (usually a sonogram), revealing the level of liver fibrosis will determine if treatment is necessary.
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