Liver function tests check how well your liver is working. Some tests measure the amount of certain enzymes in your blood to check whether the liver is damaged or inflamed.
Other tests measure how well the liver can make important proteins or clear waste products from the body.
Your doctor will use the test results to help look for certain conditions, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or gallbladder problems. Test results that are not normal do not always mean there is a problem with your liver. Your doctor can determine if there is a problem based on your results.
The tests may include:
Liver function tests check how well your liver is working. Some tests help show whether your liver is damaged or inflamed. Your doctor may order liver function tests if you have symptoms of liver disease.
These tests also may be done to see how well a treatment for liver disease is working.
In general, you do not need to prepare before having these tests. Your doctor may give you some specific instructions to prepare.
A health professional takes a sample of your blood.
You will probably be able to go home right away.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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