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A 36-year-old female asked:

would a liver function test show gallbladder dysfunction?

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
It might but...: If there is an obstructive process such as an impacted stone occluding the bile duct or bad inflammation that is spills over into the liver than liver enzymes may elevate. But there are many other reasons that they go up as well. And there are many gallbladder dysfunctions that do not affect the enzymes therefore enzymes alone are not sufficient to diagnose gb dysfxn. Need good history, images.
Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Family practice : Gallbladder disease can cause elevation of liver function tests but it isn't the only thing that does. That is why an ultrasound is done to rule out stones and wall thickening sometimes a hida scan is ordered to show proper function of the gallbladder.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
It's possible: A blood draw and results from the liver panel can strongly implicate the gallbladder. If the liver enzymes are elevated, it can be from partial obstruction of the ducts draining bile from the liver. Gallstones can partially obstruct these ducts. If you have symptoms and your exam is positive, an ultrasound imaging test is done. If it shows gallstones, the diagnosis is made then surgery consult.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
It may,...: As if the ducts get blocked then the liver may get inflamed and the LFT's elevated.

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