Liver Function Test
Why Get Tested?
A liver panel may be used to screen for liver damage, especially if someone has a condition or is taking a drug that may affect the liver.
A liver panel or one or more of its component tests may be used to help diagnose liver disease if a person has symptoms that indicate possible liver dysfunction. If a person has a known condition or liver disease, testing may be performed at intervals to monitor liver status and to evaluate the effectiveness of any treatments
When is it ordered?
A liver panel, or one or more of its components, may be ordered when someone is at risk for liver dysfunction. Some examples include:
• People who take medications that may potentially damage the liver
• Those who are alcoholics or heavy drinkers
• Those who have a history of known or possible exposure to hepatitis viruses
• Individuals whose families have a history of liver disease
• People who are overweight, especially if they have diabetes and/or high blood pressure
A liver panel may be ordered when a person has signs and symptoms of liver disease; Some of these include:
• Weakness, fatigue
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea, vomiting
• Abdominal swelling and/or pain
• Dark urine, light-colored stool
• Itching (pruritus)
A Blood Sample is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in your arm .
Test Preparation Needed?
Fasting for 9-12 hours before having your blood is drawn is required.
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