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Liver Function Tests For Detecting Liver Conditions
If you are talking about liver disease, well, this is just too broad a subject. This is because there are a lot of liver conditions to be wary about. And here are some of them, just to name a few: benign tumors, cirrhosis, Gilbert’s Syndrome, Hemachromatosis, Hemangiomas, Hepatitis A, B, and C, Liver cysts, spots, and tumors, Sclerosing Cholangitis, and Wilson’s Disease. Mind you, these are just the more common ones. There are still some that are not included in the list.
With these many potential liver conditions, it would make sense for people to want to have some sort of test to determine the working conditions of the livers. Fortunately, there is indeed such a test for that. And this is called the Liver Function Test, or the LFT. If you suspect that you might be suffering from any type of liver condition, then you might want to check with your physician about having a liver function test administered. So, what happens when you take this LFT? First off, blood samples from the patient are gathered for analysis. The blood will be checked out, to see if there are certain enzymes present in it. The levels of these enzymes are also determined. The relevance of these levels of enzymes acts as some sort of markers for certain liver conditions.
But you should not be mistaken about the LFT, because the name of the test is actually misleading. You see, the LFT does not measure or determine liver function. It is only used to detect potential liver conditions. So, you should not think that the LFT could determine as to whether or not your liver is functioning the way it’s supposed to function.
Also, if the blood samples gathered come back normal, this is not a clear indication that you do not have any type of liver condition at all. The LFT should be tempered with the medical observations of a hepatologist, or a physician that specializes in liver conditions. Yes, the LFT is indeed helpful in determining the presence of liver conditions in your system, but this test is not enough to come up with an accurate diagnosis.
The LFT can also show you the enzyme levels that are present in the blood sample collected. The presence is determined, but the extent of the damage caused by liver conditions is not determined by the LFT alone. Other medical tests are needed for this as well.
Thus, to compensate for the lack of confirmation, it would be better to just consult a hepatologist regarding these liver conditions. This way, you would have a better fighting chance, should there be a need to worry.
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