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What is the role of the liver relative to an alanine aminotransferase test?

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Your liver does a lot of important things for you:

Diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis can damage your liver and prevent it from doing its many jobs.

  • It makes a fluid called bile that helps your body digest food.
  • It removes waste products and other toxins from your blood.
  • It produces proteins and cholesterol.

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ALT."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Disease: Definition." "Liver function tests."

Medscape: "Alanine Aminotransferase."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What To Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT, or SGPT)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "ALT."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "ALT."

Mayo Clinic: "Liver Disease: Definition." "Liver function tests."

Medscape: "Alanine Aminotransferase."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What To Expect With Blood Tests."

Nemours Foundation: "Blood Test: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT, or SGPT)."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "ALT."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2019

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