Liver function test laboratory investigations explained

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Liver function test is one of the most commonly performed laboratory investigations and consists of a panel of laboratory measured serum parameters” Lui (2017).

Abstract:

Liver function test is one of the most commonly performed laboratory investigations and consists of a panel of laboratory measured serum parameters. It does not evaluate function of the liver directly but interpretation, as a panel, reflects underlying hepatocellular injury, metabolic and synthetic functions of the liver and supplement clinical assessment. It assists diagnosing liver failure, serial monitoring of disease progress, classifying severity and scoring systems, and selection of candidates and extent for liver resection, extracorporeal support devices and liver transplantation. An understanding of laboratory liver function tests is considered a basic scientific knowledge in clinical anaesthesia and critical care.

Reference:

Lui, F. (2017) Laboratory tests in liver failure. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. November 30th. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mpaic.2017.10.003

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