Liver function tests (also called liver panel) are blood tests that measure different enzymes, proteins, and other substances made by the liver. These tests look at the overall health of your liver. The different substances are often tested at the same time on a single blood sample, and might include the following :-
If levels of one or more of these substances are outside of the normal range, it might be a sign of liver disease.
Other terms: liver panel, liver function panel, liver profile hepatic function panel, LFT
Liver function tests are most frequently used to :-
You might need liver function testing if you have symptoms of liver disease. These include :-
You might also need these tests if you have certain risk factors. You might be at higher risk for liver disease if you :-
A health care professional will take a blood specimen from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle has been inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial. You might feel a small sting when the needle goes in or out. This generally takes less than five minutes.
You may need to fast (not eat or drink) for 10 - 12 hours prior to the test.
There is a very small risk of having a blood test. You might have slight pain or bruise at the spot where the needle was put in, but most symptoms go away quickly.
If one or more of your liver function test results were not normal, it might mean your liver is damaged or not working properly. Liver damage could be caused by a number of different conditions, including :-
If you have questions about your results, speak to your health care provider.
If any of your liver function tests were not normal, your provider might need more tests to confirm or rule out a specific diagnosis. These tests might include more blood tests and/or a liver biopsy. A biopsy is a procedure that removes a tiny sample of tissue for testing.
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