I have HCV Genotype 1 but never had a liver biopsy, only blood tests. My pcp says a colonoscopy and endoscopy are required first. I don't hear anyone talking about what is required test wise before treatment. I am not a fan of invasive tests and would really hate to learn that I cannot be treated because I have a low pain threshold and won't do invasive tests.
Hi... A colonoscopy and endoscopy while invasive are typically done with a sedation that you won't feel or remember. Same with liver biopsy. I also had to have multiple blood tests to confirm viral load and geno type as well as a urine drug test. I gladly jumped through these hoops as I have been diagnosed since 1992 and failed prior Interferon- Ribavirin treatment in 1998 Despite living a clean and healthy lifestyle, my liver has progresses to cirrhosis and I want this virus GONE. I am only 61 and still have Grandbabies yet to be enjoyed,so my best advice is do whatever you can to get this treatment (Harvoni..if you are a type 1 geno) and hopefully join the 95-99% that are CURED!!
The insurance folks will want specific tests to prove you need treatment. Without these tests you might not get insurance to pay for the meds you need. The MD types know what tests and when. My guy was very very helpful in that regard.
Liver biopsy is being replaced by having an elastography done. It's kinda like an ultrasound. Shows how fibrous the liver has become.
I'm on my 3 week. Going in a week or so to see the MD. I'm *very* interested in my viral load. It's strange being excited to go to the doctor. How weird is that??
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