Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the tissue of the organ. The condition can be self-limiting (healing on its own) or can progress to fibrosis (scarring) and cirrhosis. Hepatitis may occur with limited or no symptoms, but often leads to jaundice, anorexia (poor appetite) and malaise.
Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persists longer. There are five viruses that commonly infect the liver, named using letters of the alphabet—A to E.
Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of CAMB was establish in 2001 with the state of art laboratory facilities to provide prompt, accurate, reliable and economical diagnostic services to the general publics for the most prevalent infectious diseases. The mission of this laboratory is to strive to provide quality diagnostic Services with reliability and authenticity at affordable price. Presently, PCR-Based Molecular
Diagnosis tests including HCV-Qualitative, HCV-Quantitative, HCV-Genotyping, HBV-Qualitative, HBV-Quantitative are being offered. The researchers at MDL are also involved in HCV genotyping through Real-time PCR and development of different diagnostics methods/protocols for infectious diseases like Dengue, HBV, HCV, Zika etc. Moreover, research is underway to find out correlation between various HCV genotypes with the viral loads in patients infected with HCV.