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Question by  Janet (18)

What does a liver enzyme blood test reveal?

My doctor has ordered one and I am not sure why.


Answer by  Ali41 (1593)

Many drugs can compromise liver function. A doctor will usually order a liver enzyme panel to check if your liver is doing ok either when you are about to take a new drug or are already on a drug. For example, if you are on immuno-suppressants, you can get mono more easier, which shows up on a liver function test.


Answer by  Tafta (6)

A liver enzyme test can help your doctor see how healthy your liver is. Liver enzymes may be increased in some liver diseases, including infections, damage from alcohol, and inherited conditions.


Answer by  skipper (30)

Liver enzyme blood levels help physicians determine how well the liver is functioning. If liver function is poor, the enzyme levels rise.


Answer by  Connie45 (1110)

Various liver enzyme elevations can be indicative of liver disease. He ordered a liver enzyme panel to rule out liver pathology. These are the AST, ALT, and Alk Phos (alkaline phosphatase. Sometimes biirubin is also ordered. He could also be ordering these to get a baseline reading.


Answer by  juanita57 (1374)

This test lets the doctor know if any of your liver has been damaged, and if so how much damaged has been done to it. Certain medications can hurt your liver and then it can affect other organs of your body. It can also check for certain diseases that you may have, so they can get you straight.

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