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What is a liver test?

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There’s actually not just one test. Your doctor will choose from several tests that check levels of different proteins and enzymes in your blood. Enzymes are special kinds of proteins that help speed up certain reactions in your body.

Some of the tests look for enzymes that you’d find in your blood only when your liver is damaged or has a disease. Others check to see whether that organ is working as expected.

From: What Is a Liver Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Function Tests.”

KidsHealth: “Blood Test: (Liver) Hepatic Function Panel.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cirrhosis,” “Hepatitis B,” “Liver Function Tests.”

Royal Society of Chemistry: “Enzymes.”

World Health Organization: “What Is Hepatitis?”

Lab Tests Online: “Liver Panel,” “Tips on Blood Testing.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “D-Dimer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Liver Function Tests.”

KidsHealth: “Blood Test: (Liver) Hepatic Function Panel.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cirrhosis,” “Hepatitis B,” “Liver Function Tests.”

Royal Society of Chemistry: “Enzymes.”

World Health Organization: “What Is Hepatitis?”

Lab Tests Online: “Liver Panel,” “Tips on Blood Testing.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “D-Dimer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 17, 2017

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