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Liver function tests

Definition

Common tests that are used to see how well the liver is working. This is called liver function. Tests include:

Alternative Names

LFT

How the test is performed

How to prepare for the test

How the test will feel

Why the test is performed

Normal Values

What abnormal results mean

What the risks are

Special considerations

References

Pincus MR, Abraham NZ. Interpreting laboratory results. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. . 22nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 8.

Pincus MR, Tierno P, Fenelus M, Bowne WB, Bluth MH. Evaluation of liver function. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. . 22nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 21.

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