Liver Function Test

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£59

Turnaround

4 -12 hours

Appointment

15 minutes

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Blood test for liver disease

A liver function test is a blood test that helps to assess the health of your liver by looking at a number of markers including liver enzymes, proteins, and substances that are produced or processed by your liver.

This means that these tests can be the first step in diagnosis of conditions such as Hepatitis (Hepatitis A, B, or C, a serious liver infection), Cirrhosis (the late stage of fibrosis of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions), Fatty Liver Disease (a condition that occurs when fat builds up in the liver) and liver cancer.

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Uses Of A Liver Function Test

Liver function test helps detect a variety of liver diseases, infections and conditions that affect your liver function. It can be used to check for the extent of any liver damage and to monitor liver diseases such as viral or alcoholic hepatitis.

Liver function tests also provide valuable insight on how well or not well a treatment is working, as well as monitor possible side effects of certain medicines.

Normal Liver Function Test Results

In a standard liver function blood test, normal results typically show, ALT (Alanine Transaminase): 7 to 55 units per litre (U/L) and AST (Aspartate Transaminase): 8 to 48 U/L.

To put it into perspective, a typical range for AST is usually up to 36 U/L in adults. High levels of ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase) may indicate liver inflammation, blockage of the bile ducts, or bone disease. Whereas, if your ALT, ALP and bilirubin levels are also elevated, it may indicate liver damage.

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Most Common Symptoms Of Liver Disease

The symptoms for liver disease can not always be seen, and very often, there are no symptoms until things are serious. This is why routine testing is so important.  But those that can be seen most commonly include jaundice (the yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes), belly pain, swelling in your legs and ankles, itchy skin, dark urine, pale stool, immense fatigue, loss of appetite, or bruising easily.

Other symptoms include mental confusion, and Spider Angiomas (small, spider-like blood vessels visible on the skin). However, Spider Angiomas are often seen in people with advanced liver disease.

Conditions That Cause Liver Disease

There are multiple factors that come into play when talking about liver disease, but the most common causes include:

  • Viruses: Infections like Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E can lead to inflammation and damage to your liver.
  • Genetics and family history: Conditions like hemochromatosis (excessive iron accumulation), Wilson’s disease (copper buildup), and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency can lead to liver damage.
  • Alcohol-related Liver Disease: Excessive alcohol consumption over time can cause fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis.
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis: The immune system mistakenly attacks your liver cells, causing inflammation and liver damage.
  • Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): Often associated with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, it is the accumulation of fat in your liver that is not caused by alcohol abuse.
  • Drug-induced Liver injury: Certain medications, herbal supplements, and toxins can cause liver damage.
  • Liver Cancer: Both primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) and cancers that spread to the liver (metastatic liver cancer) can affect your liver function.
  • Cirrhosis: A late-stage scarring of your liver, often caused by chronic liver diseases or conditions like hepatitis and alcohol abuse.

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Preparing for test

Your Walk-In Clinic doctor will provide you with all the instructions you will need to ensure an accurate liver function test in conducted, but general guidelines include avoiding alcohol for at least 24 hours before your test, as it can affect your liver enzyme levels. It is also important to remain hydrated before your test by drinking a healthy amount of water.

When it comes to fasting and medications, your healthcare provider will be able to perfectly instruct you on what and what not to do before your liver function test.

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During the test

Your Walk-In Clinic doctor will provide you with all the instructions you will need to ensure an accurate liver function test in conducted, but general guidelines include avoiding alcohol for at least 24 hours before your test, as it can affect your liver enzyme levels. It is also important to remain hydrated before your test by drinking a healthy amount of water.

When it comes to fasting and medications, your healthcare provider will be able to perfectly instruct you on what and what not to do before your liver function test.

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Results

The moment we receive your liver function test results, we will email the results to you. Our Walk-In Clinic test price does not include the interpretation of the results if you decided to have the test done without consultation.

If you would love your results to be interpreted, we suggest you book a consultation ahead of your liver function test. This way you  have the golden opportunity to discuss any concerns and symptoms you may have with one of our top-tier Walk-In Clinic doctors.

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What is the cause of liver disease?
Liver disease can be caused by a number of different factors including excessive alcohol consumption, drug abuse, hereditary factors, hepatitis, and other viruses.
What is the role of the liver in the body?
The liver has a huge role in our overall health. It converts the food we eat into energy, and detoxifies the body of substances such as alcohol, medications, and environmental toxins. It also produces a number of enzymes and chemicals needed for the body’s major processes.
Can a diseased liver be healed?
Long-term damage to the liver, where it is not able to regenerate itself, can cause a scarring of the organ called cirrhosis. If liver disease is caught and treated before cirrhosis develops, the liver is actually the only organ in the body that can regenerate and heal itself.

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