Hepatic Function Panel
A liver panel, also known as liver (hepatic) function tests or LFT, is used to detect liver damage or disease. It usually includes seven tests that are run at the same time on a blood sample. These include:
- Alanine aminotrasferase (ALT) - an enzyme mainly found in the liver; the best test for detecting hepatitis.
- Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) - an enzyme related to the bile ducts; often increased when they are blocked.
- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) - an enzyme found in the liver and a few places, particularly the heart and other muscles in the body.
- Bilirubin - two different test of bilirubin often used together (especially if a person has jaundice): total bilirubin measures all the bilirubin in the blood; direct bilirubin measures a form made in the liver.
- Albumin - measures the main protein made by the liver and tells how well the liver is making this protein.
- Total Protein - measures albumin and all other proteins in blood, including antibodies made to help fight off infections.
Preparation for Your Test
- Wear a short sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that roll up easily.
The cost of this test is $28.
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