What is a Liver Blood Test?
The Liver Blood Test checks standard medical liver markers.
What markers are checked in the Liver Blood Test?
The Liver Blood Test checks the ALT (SGPT), Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, AST (SGOT), Total Bilirubin, Direct Bilirubin, and Total Protein levels.
Why are markers in measured in the Liver Blood Test important?
ALT and AST are liver enzymes that are released into the blood when the liver is damaged. Alkaline Phosphatase is an enzyme that can be released when the bile duct is blocked or inflamed. Elevated bilirubin levels cause jaundice and the bilirubin type can help identify the cause of jaundice. Albumin and Total Protein level will check your overall nutritional status.
What type of specimen will I submit?
This Hepatic Function Panel (LFTs) is a blood test.
Do I need to fast to take this test?
Fasting is not necessary.
How long does it take to get test results?
It typically takes 4 business days or less.