Liver Function Tests
LIVER FUNCTION TEST DEFINITIONLiver function tests are a group of medical blood tests that measure proteins or enzymes in the blood to evaluate and monitor the extent of damage or disease.
LIVER FUNCTION TEST PURPOSELiver function tests are usually done to diagnose, evaluate, or monitor liver damage or disease. It is a group of tests that will measure how well the liver performs in producing the protein albumin and how well it cleans the bodily wastes.
These medical tests are done to help diagnose a medical condition, establish a treatment plan, and monitor a patient’s response and side effects to a medication therapy.
LIVER FUNCTION TEST RISKSBlood tests usually do not come with serious risks. Mainly, it would cause bruising or soreness on the part of the arm where the needle is inserted to draw blood.
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LIVER FUNCTION TEST PREPARATION REQUIREDIt is important that you are closely monitored as you go through the procedure to ensure that no food or medication will affect or influence the result of the tests. Your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding food and medication intake. You may be asked to fast prior to testing.
LIVER FUNCTION TEST PROCEDUREIn liver function tests, a blood sample will be drawn from you through a vein in your arm. You will be asked to make a fist and a band will be tied around the bend in your arm so the vein will stand out. In a few minutes, the collection of blood will be over.
LIVER FUNCTION TEST COMPLICATIONSIt is very unusual that risks or complications arise during and after liver function tests.
LIVER FUNCTION TEST SIDE EFFECTSThere is no known side effect from taking a blood sample for examination. Soreness and bruising are common but both usually disappear fast.
LIVER FUNCTION TEST RESULTSThere are normal ranges for all types of liver function tests. If your result is not within normal range, your doctor may have to determine if and what kind of treatments you need. The results are also an indication of how your liver disease is progressing and how well you are responding to certain treatments.