ZocdocAnswersMy mom took the Fibroscan® and the HCV result was 4.3 KpA; is that bad?

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My mom took the Fibroscan® and the HCV result was 4.3 KpA; is that bad?

Median 4.3, IQR* 0.8, IQR*/med 19%

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A few things to answer your question....First, I am sorry to hear that you and your mother are having to go through any of this. Never pleasant to have to be on pins and needles. Second, it's important to discuss your test results with the doctor that ordered the test. What can be good in one situation could be quite the opposite in the other, depending on why your doctor ordered the test. For example, the Fibroscan is a type of ultrasound test (meaning that it relies in part on sound waves and the interpretations of how those sound waves bounce off of each other and other things) that is often used to detect the stiffness of the liver. Your doctor would want to check the stiffness because, with time and scarring, the stiffness of the liver can change. Just like other parts of your body, your liver can scar due to injuries that occur, and, as you know, hepatitis C can cause liver injury that could be life threatening. By checking the stiffness of your liver, your doctor was likely trying to get an understanding of how much damage had been done. Again, important to check with your doctor and know the specifics of what your mom is expecting before the test results have any real meaning, but, outside of any other reference, 4.3 is not a terribly high level of stiffness, which could be good. As always, please speak to your doctor for the full explanation and to understand how these test results relate to your situation. Encourage your mother to book an appointment today.

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