Analysis of hepatitis C virus by PCR
Why PCR diagnostics?
As you know, a large part of success in the treatment of any disease belongs to the proper diagnosis. So the same with hepatitis. In 1983 Cary Mullis made a breakthrough in medicine, opening a polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Due to this analysis, it is possible to find out exactly what infection caused the disease. For example, in the case of hepatitis, it is possible to pinpoint the causative agent, to find the right treatment that is guaranteed to eliminate this pathogen.
The procedure of the research includes the following steps:
- Superimposed tourniquet on the forearm to stop the blood circulation. It is necessary for the discovery vein in my arm that started to come through.
- The injection needle is wiped with alcohol.
- A needle is inserted into a vein.
- The needle is attached to the tube, which receives the blood from the vein.
- After withdrawing the desired amount of blood the needle is removed.
- The injection site is applied with gauze or a cotton swab.
- The injection site is pressed against a bent arm.
Keep in mind the following:
- Currently, a vaccine to prevent hepatitis C do not exist.
- After infection antibodies are formed throughout the week, and more so in the early stages of the disease tests for hepatitis C can give a false result. It is important to conduct several studies in the case of suspected infection.
- All donors of blood and organs undergo mandatory tests for hepatitis C.
- If you suspect infection, you may need other tests to determine how the diseased liver. May be checked for bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, and an alanine aminotransferase aspartataminotransferaza.
- Medical institutions must provide reports about the contamination of some types of hepatitis. Upon detection of an outbreak of hepatitis C in the region, local health authorities have to inform through the media of all residents who are at risk.
If you suspect a disease in the first place you need to conduct a qualitative analysis that will give reliable results. Another is PCR for hepatitis B.