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What do you need to know about liver blood tests?

What do you need to know about liver blood tests?

What are liver blood tests? Liver blood tests look at how well the liver is functioning and can indicate whether there is any damage or inflammation inside the liver. Until recently, liver blood tests were referred to as liver function tests, or LFTs.

What to do if your liver function test is abnormal?

However, if you obtain your test results without explanation, you should contact your healthcare provider to discuss them. Doctors consider a slightly abnormal liver function test as one that is less than twice the upper limit of the ‘normal’ value.

What’s the difference between LFTs and liver function tests?

Until recently, liver blood tests were referred to as liver function tests, or LFTs. However, as most patients with abnormal liver blood tests actually have normal function of the liver, this term was felt to be unhelpful and often led to unnecessary concern. Therefore the term liver function tests, or LFTs, has been replaced by liver blood tests.

What are the normal values for liver function?

It was found that my liver functioning is 60 percent, through liver blood tests. My ALT level is 204 in my liver blood test. I am a 67 years old male. I had liver blood tests and in my blood biochemistry the upper limits of serum SGOT is 43.1 and SGPT is 50.2 against 40 and 45 respectively.

What to look for in a liver blood test?

This test is used to detect liver injuries and long-term liver disease. Highly elevated levels may indicate active hepatitis from any cause, including virus, alcohol, drug or toxin. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause an increase in ALT levels.

However, if you obtain your test results without explanation, you should contact your healthcare provider to discuss them. Doctors consider a slightly abnormal liver function test as one that is less than twice the upper limit of the ‘normal’ value.

How long does it take to get liver function results?

Your blood will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If the lab analysis is done on-site, you could have your test results within hours. If your doctor sends your blood to an off-site laboratory, you may receive the results within several days. Normal blood test results for typical liver function tests include:

What does normal range mean in liver function tests?

In these cases the abnormality of your liver tests will be a feature of your condition, and may be normal for you. Your liver is physically injured (for example, trauma). You fall just outside the normal limits (see below). What does the ‘normal range’ mean in liver function tests?