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Do we need to be fasting for liver function test?

Do we need to be fasting for liver function test?

No: No, fasting is not required unless you've been instructed to fast prior to your test. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


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Took 1 Arcoxia 90mg 3 days before liver function test. AST, ALT, etc all normal except GGT 124. Can Arcoxia 3 days before test be the cause?

Took 1 Arcoxia 90mg 3 days before liver function test. AST, ALT, etc all normal except GGT 124. Can Arcoxia 3 days before test be the cause?

Probably not!: While all drugs can be hepatotoxic, the insult t liver cells (hepatocytes) will elevate SGOT and SGPT, SGPT usually first. SGOT comes from muscle as well;. SGPT only liver. GGT comes from the biliary tree, gallbladder and connective tissue of the liver, frequently indicating gall bladder issues. I suppose it CAN happen, but this would be exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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How can I get a liver function test?

How can I get a liver function test?

Go to your Dr.: Any Dr can provide you with a lab test to get Blood work. Discuss with the Dr. Why you feel a need to get a Liver function test, and they can examine you and provide you with good health care. ...Read more

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Do I need to fast for liver function test?

Do I need to fast for liver function test?

NO: You do not need to fast for Liver function tests, however Cholesterol/LIPID panels as well as Diabetes testing is often done in conjunction with LFT's, so be sure to fast if they are being tested for as well. ...Read more

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Why would my liver function test be borderline?

Why would my liver function test be borderline?

Many reasons.: A common culprit in borderline tests for liver function test is use of acetaminophen, and fatty liver. Alcohol consumption can also cause it to be borderline. These causes can also cause it to be higher than normal. Talk with your doctor to look for specific risk factors. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How will I know what does an irregular liver function test really mean?

Liver function tests: They usually called abnormal liver function tests. If the laboratory testing shows incresed level of liver tests. It may suggest some unc=derlying liver problem. ...Read more

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Do you think I should worry about an abnormal result from a liver function test?

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. ...Read more

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My primary said that my liver function test was abnormally low but not alarming. Wants to retest. Was could this possibly mean?

My primary said that my liver function test was abnormally low but not alarming. Wants to retest. Was could this possibly mean?

Simple...: Sometimes some transient metabolic or infectious issues, medication can alter liver function. If it is not several times the base line it is not significant....it usually comes down to normal. Your birth control pill can contribute. ...Read more

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liver function test done and levels came back 95 and 52 Not sure which was which, but the one that's to be in the range of 0-40 is95 Dangerous?

Need to find cause: If you are asymtomatic, it may be fatty liver, but you need to see your doc who will check blood work & ultra sound etc
In the mean time stop alcohol & any other substances harmful to the liver. ...Read more

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Would a liver function test show gallbladder dysfunction?

Would a liver function test show gallbladder dysfunction?

It may, ...: As if the ducts get blocked then the liver may get inflamed and the LFT's elevated. ...Read more

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What happens if your liver function test alk phos is 181?

What happens if your liver function test alk phos is 181?

It is all relative -: -2 the normals they are using. If hi or low, next to your results & the range of normal is in (.....) next to it

Hi in one lab may be normal range @ another. ...Read more

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What's sgpt and GGT in liver function test?

Liver cell, bile tes: Sgpt (alt) is a test of liver cell (hepatocyte) activity; increased with liver cell inflammation. Ggt is a test of bile flow. Anything that decreases flow of bile within cells, down tiny canaliculi, small ductules, and larger ducts will cause increase; can be due to inflammation, scarring, stone, tumor, etc. Drugs can increase either or both. ...Read more

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What is sgpt and sgot in liver function test?

What is sgpt and sgot in liver function test?

Two enzymes: If they're high in the blood, they've often leaked from injured liver cells. They're not dangerous by themselves, but they mean the cause needs to be found. Alcohol, meds, hepatitis, hemochromatosis and wilson's will be ruled in / out, but perhaps the most common cause in the us today is simply lack of exercise. ...Read more

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Can smoking affect a liver function test?

Yes: Smoking can affect liver tests. Studies have found that smoking raises the
serum γ-glutamyl transferase (ggt) level and decreases serum protein and Albumin levels. It does not appear to affect the ast, alt, bilirubin, or alkaline phosphatase. ...Read more

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What are liver function test results if hepatitis?

What are liver function test results if hepatitis?

Hepatitis which?: Your question does not make any sence. There are different hepatitis, a, b, c.Non abc
liver functiobn test only tell us if there is elevation of liver enzymes indicating for more tests
tests are sgot, SGPT and alkaline phosphatase. ...Read more

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My liver function test showed a reading of ALT 34 & AST41 U/L means?

My liver function test showed a reading of ALT 34 & AST41 U/L means?

ALT and AST: It means you need to always include the normal range for you lab in order for me to help. ...Read more

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Can a normal result from a liver function test mean I don't drink too much alchohol?

NO: Do not rely on Liver function testing to determine if you drink too much. The liver may endure tremendous assault and injury before the tests may even shoe elevations, so if you drink too much, please stop and discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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For what length of time can alcohol be detected in the liver using a liver function test?

For what length of time can alcohol be detected in the liver using a liver function test?

It depends on what y: Alcohol itself can not be detected in the liver but it liver damaging effects can be noted in blood tests. But only excess of alcohol will cause liver damage in the form of hepatitis. This menifests as increase of liver enzymes which spill over into the blood. The effect comes on quickly like within 24 hrs and lasts for a few days. But more severe damage can cause chronic hepatitis which persist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to show normal liver function test and still have hemochromatosis?

Is it possible for someone to show normal liver function test and still have hemochromatosis?

Yes: A majority of hemochromatosis patients do have elevated transaminases especially later. If you have the high serum ferritin and/or symptoms and/or genetic studies sufficient to justify starting phlebotomy, don't hesitate. ...Read more

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My sgpt level is 101 in liver function test. Is 101 is very high? What do I do to get the level to normal? What do I avoid?

Liver Damage: Normal SGPT is around 20 to 30. So your levels are nearly four times normal and thus very dangerous over the long term.

Liver strain can be caused by medications, alcohol and other drugs, infections and obesity. ...Read more

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I recently did a liver function test where my sgpt count is 66 i.U./lit. Please help, how can I get it to normal by doing simple home tips.

I recently did a liver function test where my sgpt count is 66 i.U./lit. Please help, how can I get it to normal by doing simple home tips.

Depends on cause!: 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. ...Read more

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If you had consumed a large amount of alcohol just prior to having a liver function test, would the results likely be affected by this? Thanks.

If you had consumed a large amount of alcohol just prior to having a liver function test, would the results likely be affected by this? Thanks.

Liver functions: Large amounts of alcohol will cause a temporary rise in AST and ALT that usually resolves within a week of not drinking. If liver tests are still elevated, usually an ultrasound and blood tests for hepatitis are done. ...Read more

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Can I ask for a liver function test at the er?

Not a great idea: The er is not the best place to obtain routine lab tests. When ers get bogged down with individuals who have routine problems it can make it hard to get to seriously ill patients. Additionally, the er is an expensive route. A routine appointment with your physcian would be a reasonable way to obtain needed labs. Take care. ...Read more

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Could electrolyte enhanced water skew a liver function test?

Could electrolyte enhanced water skew a liver function test?

No.: Lfts are not looking at your electrolytes, they are examining levels of enzymes produced by the liver. ...Read more

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How could a liver function test detect chronic liver disease?

Elevations: 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 if you feel you have liver Dx. ...Read more

Liver Function Test (Definition)

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 ...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