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In the body, the Liver plays a pivotal role in maintaining the overall health and performing some vital functions. Liver Function Test gauges the functioning or malfunctioning of liver.

What is Liver Function Test?

Liver Function Test is used to detect any abnormality of the liver functioning.

  • Apart from that, the test is used for the removal of contaminants and bacteria from the system.
  • It examines the liver capacity of regulating blood clotting and producing bile, proteins, and enzymes.

Liver Function Test is instrumental in knowing if the liver is performing its functions optimally.

Why is Liver Function Test suggested?

Liver Function Test is suggested in the following cases:

If the patient exhibits any or all of these symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Weight loss.
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Ascites
  • Discoloured urine.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain.

How is Liver Function Test performed?

Liver Function Test is performed as follows:

  • The patient is asked to come in lose comfortable clothes to ease the drawing of blood.
  • The blood is drawn from the vein of the arm, typically.
  • Once the sample is collected, a cotton ball is placed while removing the needle from the arm to stop excess bleeding.
  • The sample is sent to the lab.

What are the parameters measured in Liver Function Test?

Parameters measured in Liver Function Test are:

  • Bilirubin
  • Albumin
  • Alkaline phosphate.
  • Aspartate aminotransferase.
  • Alanine transaminase.

Preparation before performing Liver Function Test

Preparation for Liver Function Test is as follows:

  • Any medications or supplements should be informed about to the doctor.

Post-care after Liver Function Test

Post-care for Liver Function Test is:

  • Follow-up with the doctor to weigh the options of proceeding with a treatment based on the result of the test.

Sample types in Liver Function Test

Sample types in Liver Function Test:

  • Blood sample.

Side effects/risks of Liver Function Test

Side effects of Liver Function Test are:

  • Pain from the prick of the needle.
  • Inflammation of the vein in rare cases.

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