Your Mayo Clinic care team
Physical exam in hepatitis C
A Mayo Clinic liver specialist (hepatologist) examines a patient.
Mayo Clinic's hepatitis C care teams include doctors trained in liver disease (hepatologists), specialists in infectious disease, diagnostic radiologists and pathologists, and, if necessary, liver transplant experts in medical and surgical subspecialties. Rounding out the team are advanced-practice nurses, physician assistants and other allied health professionals, some of whom focus exclusively on caring for patients with hepatitis C.
These experts communicate directly with each other to coordinate your appointments, streamline the diagnostic process and design a plan of care that meets your unique needs. Your care team also monitors your condition as treatment progresses, making adjustments as needed.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
At Mayo Clinic, you have access to the latest advances in hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment, including:
- Noninvasive testing. Two imaging tests that measure liver stiffness, which indicates liver damage, have largely replaced liver biopsy in assessing hepatitis C-related liver damage. These tests — magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and transient elastography — are virtually painless. They are also safer than a liver biopsy, which carries a small risk of bleeding or internal injury. In some circumstances, either test may also provide a more precise measure of liver damage than does a liver biopsy. The MRE technique was developed at Mayo Clinic.
- New medications. Researchers at Mayo Clinic have made significant contributions to clinical trials of direct-acting antiviral medications in chronic hepatitis C, particularly in patients with cirrhosis, patients with other infections that worsen hepatitis C (hepatitis B and human immunodeficiency virus) and patients infected with less common HCV genotypes.
Leading hepatitis C clinical trials
Mayo Clinic staff members discuss hepatitis C clinical trials.
July 26, 2016
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