The beginning of hepatitis C treatments, when conducted in a clinical setting, is often preceded by three things. It is usual for doctors to have pre-treatment activities first before they fully immerse themselves and their patients in whatever treatment has been decided on for the hepatitis C condition. They are deemed necessary because they are effective in seeing to it that the hepatitis C condition was not wrongfully diagnosed. It is worth noting that the medications used to treat hepatitis C are very potent and putting a patient who doesn't actually have the condition on such medications would be very wrong. Or it could be the opposite. The patient has hepatitis C and requires some potent medication. However, since it was diagnosed as something else, the patient may end up not getting the treatment or medication required. Such tricky circumstances would entail some things to be done by the doctors in order to reduce the risks of misdiagnosis and compromising the ensuing treatment that may very well save the very life of the patient.

First, doctors would normally take down the patient's history before the commencement of any clinical treatment for the hepatitis C condition. It is simple enough; the doctor carefully documents every single thing the patient relates to him or her regarding the condition and what it makes him or her feel. This information will be used by the doctor to make assumptions on. Of course, if the information make him suspect that hepatitis C is at play, he will have to order the necessary tests to make sure of it. It is during this stage that doctors have some struggle. You see, the symptoms could point to practically every other condition out there. That's the problem with hepatitis C; it has no symptoms that is uniquely its own. The ability of the doctor to make remote connections to reach the correct diagnosis and correctly identify the condition may be needed. In the final analysis, though hepatitis C doesn't have a unique definitive symptom, the general approach used in treating it is one where a patient with a certain permutation of symptoms can be advised to go for further tests for the condition.

The second thing that normally precedes the commencement of hepatitis C treatments in the clinical setting is serology. Serology, or blood testing, would involve several stages. The object of the first stage is not the detection of the hepatitis C virus per se. What the lab tests performed at this stage usually look for are the antibodies that the human body normally produces, when faced with the challenge of combating hepatitis C. If a huge enough number of these antibodies is identified, then a presumption is made that the patient actually has hepatitis C. The second stage of serological testing focuses on the actual hepatitis C virus: the objective at this stage being to calculate the hepatitis C viral load.

The third thing that normally precedes the commencement of hepatitis C treatments in the clinical setting is biopsy. This is necessitated by the fact that hepatitis C can damage the liver. The purpose of the biopsy is to assess whatever damage has already been done to the liver by hepatitis C, if any. An indication of liver damage would then lead to the doctor trying to assess the extent of the damage. A liver biopsy is admittedly risky, but in some cases, it becomes absolutely essential: especially if the patient is already showing signs of liver cirrhosis.

Author's Bio: 

In order to find out a whole lot more regarding Hepatitis c. Check out