Choosing Wisely:

Don’t repeat hepatitis C viral load testing outside of antiviral therapy.

Rationale and Comments: Highly sensitive quantitative assays of hepatitis C RNA are appropriate at diagnosis and as part of antiviral therapy. Otherwise, the results of virologic testing do not change clinical management or outcomes.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • Sources:
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases guideline
  • Disciplines:
  • Infectious disease
  • Gastroenterologic
  • References: • Ghany MG, Strader DB, Thomas DL, Seeff LB. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Diagnosis, management,and treatment of hepatitis C: an update. Hepatology. 2009 Apr;49(4):1335–74.

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