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do you think i should worry about an abnormal result from a liver function test?

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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes.: Many different conditions can affect the results of a liver function test. Medications, alcohol, infections, GI abnormalities, cancers, fatty liver and other medical conditions can alter liver enzymes. Some are less dangerous than others but it is usually important to find out. See your doctor about it.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Sure,...: Elevated Liver function tests may occur for a variety of issues from Fatty infiltration (hepatic steatosis), viral illnesses such as the hepatitis viruses, Alcoholism, increased use of medications that metabolize through the liver (such as Acetaminophen), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause of your LFT elevations.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I get a liver function test?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
See your doctor: They will examine you and may order liver function studies based on your history and exam.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it a bad idea to drink right before a liver function test?

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Dr. Elizabeth Hutson
Gynecology 28 years experience
Yes: Drinking alcohol can cause an elevation in liver function test results.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: liver function test?

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Dr. Ragui Sadek
General Surgery 25 years experience
liver blood assays: Are groups of clinical biochemistry laboratory blood assays designed to give information about the state of a patient's liver.[1]the parameters measured include pt/inr, aptt, albumin, bilirubin (direct and indirect) and others. According to some[who?], liver transaminases (ast/alt (sgot/sgpt) are not liver function tests, but are biomarkers of liver injury in a patient with some degree of intact.
A female asked:

Do we need to be fasting for liver function test?

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Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Usually not: ... But i would avoid any alcohol for a few days before the blood work to avoid confusion as it could affect the results.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are your thoughts? Could weed show up on a liver function test?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
No.: Lfts measure levels of enzymes produced by the liver, not anything related to marijuana.

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