Liver Function Test (LFT), Serum
This is a blood test to check how well the liver is working. This test measures the total protein, albumin, bilirubin, and liver enzymes. High or low levels may mean that liver damage or disease is present.
Synonyms/Also Known as
Liver Profile, LFT
ALT, ALP, AST, Bilirubin, Albumin, Total Protein, GGT, Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio, LD, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Hepatitis A Testing, Hepatitis B Testing, Hepatitis C Testing, Emergency and Overdose Drug Testing, Ethanol, ANA, Smooth Muscle Antibody, Anti-LKM-1, Drugs of Abuse Testing, Copper, Ceruloplasmin, DCP, AFP Tumor Markers, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin, Acetaminophen, Ammonia
Why get tested?
To detect, evaluate, and monitor acute and chronic liver inflammation (hepatitis), liver infection, liver disease and/or and liver damage.
When to get tested?
As a routine screening test, when there are symptoms of liver damage, when diagnosed with liver disease.
Test preparation needed
No special preparation required
About The Test
How is it used
1. Can Liver diseases be asymptomatic?
Yes, early acute liver disease and chronic liver disease often have no symptoms or have mild non-specific symptoms, such as fatigue and nausea.
2. Can abnormal test results indicate a normal liver?
Yes, in many conditions, such as shock, burns, severe infections, muscle trauma, dehydration, pancreatitis, hemolysis, and pregnancy, one or more parameters of the LFT are abnormal.
3. Why is family history important?
In genetically inherited conditions, such as hemochromatosis and Wilson disease, can there is progressive damage to the liver. Early detection of these conditions helps in treatment and further management.