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Blood Tests For Liver Function (Overview)

Common tests that are used to evaluate how well the liver is working (liver function) include: * Albumin * Alpha-1 antitrypsin * ALP * ALT * AST * Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) * Prothrombin time * Serum bilirubin


Blood Tests For Liver Function (Overview)

Common tests that are used to evaluate how well the liver is working (liver function) include: * Albumin * Alpha-1 antitrypsin * ALP * ALT * AST * Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) * Prothrombin time * Serum bilirubin


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I use to have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

I use to have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

You saved your life: If your cirrhosis was not biopsy-proven, you may just have had alcoholic hepatitis or bad fatty change. If it was proven on imaging, you will always have some scarring but it does regress after you sober up. Once you stop drinking, the liver enzymes ("function tests") normalize fast whether or not the scar regresses. Stay sober and cherish each day -- you may live a normal life. ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Tip)

Treating Liver Failure

Find a support group; there is a liver failure support group on Facebook. Ask dietitian about diet. ...See more

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What to do if I have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

What to do if I have cirrhosis, been sober 3 years, blood tests show liver function excellent, want to know liver status?

How do you FEEL?: Congratulations on your sobriety. I hope you are as pleased as the people who have loved you along your journey through life. With good labs, the best way to know your liver status, really and truly, is how you feel. If you'd continued to drink, or you'd relapsed, your alcoholic cirrhosis is as lethal as most untreated cancers. Treat the cause & cirrhoses stabilizes & even regresses. Be proud. ...Read more

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How expensive are blood tests that evaluate liver function while taking medications that may affect the liver?

How expensive are blood tests that evaluate liver function while taking medications that may affect the liver?

Call the lab: The costs of lab tests can be widely variable and of course your insurance may pay some part of the fee. Consider calling the lab directly, and asking for the billing department. The two tests you need to know are alanine aminotransferase (alt, formerly called sgpt), and aspartate aminotransferase (ast, formerly called sgot). ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Tip)

Treating Liver Failure

Please don't take anything that increase ammonium level. ...See more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Blood tests show abnormal liver function, normal ultrasounds, feeling fine, non drinker, abnormal for over 20 years.

Blood tests show abnormal liver function, normal ultrasounds, feeling fine, non drinker, abnormal for over 20 years.

Elevated LFT's: 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 (statins, Acetaminophen, etc.), cirrhosis, biliary disease, tumors, gallbladder disease, etc, etc. Get an evaluation for the most likely cause of your LFT elevations. ...Read more

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Do you recommend that individuals (8 year old boy) taking strattera (atomoxetine) have occasional blood tests to check liver functioning?

Do you recommend that individuals (8 year old boy) taking strattera (atomoxetine) have occasional blood tests to check liver functioning?

Generally not: Strattera (atomoxetine) can cause liver injury in some patients. Call your doctor right away if your child has the following signs of liver problems: itching, right upper belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes, unexplained flu-like symptoms. Blood test unnecessary unless doctor suspects problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Dr. Tso Chen
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Liver Function (Definition)

The liver is "life". The liver not only creates essential proteins and energy resources, but it also "detoxifies" the body through creation of elements like bilirubin while additionally breaking down a vast variety of chemicals (medications, toxins, etc.). The medical industry tests the "function" of the liver via a "liver function panel". This test looks at liver ...Read more