A liver function blood test, often known as a liver panel or a liver function test (LFT), is a series of blood tests that offer information about the liver’s health and function.
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A liver function blood test normally comprises measures of various chemicals and enzymes that can reflect the health and overall function of the liver. A liver function test typically includes the following components:
Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT): ALT is an enzyme that is mostly located in the liver. Elevated ALT levels may indicate liver damage or inflammation, which is frequently caused by illnesses such as hepatitis or fatty liver disease.
Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST): AST is a liver, heart, and other organ enzyme. Elevated AST levels can be indicative of liver disease, but they are less specific to the liver than ALT.
ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase) is an enzyme found in the liver, bones, and other tissues. Elevated ALP levels can signal liver or bone issues, among other things.
Total Bilirubin: Bilirubin is a waste product generated during haemoglobin breakdown. Elevated amounts can be caused by liver disease or other disorders that influence bilirubin breakdown and excretion.
Albumin: Albumin is a protein generated by the liver. Low albumin levels may suggest liver failure or other diseases that impair protein synthesis.
Total Protein: This test measures the entire amount of protein in the blood, including albumin and other proteins. Abnormal protein levels can reveal information about liver and renal function.
GGT (Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase): GGT is an enzyme present in the liver and other tissues. Elevated GGT levels can indicate liver damage or alcohol addiction.