Liver blood tests are some of the most commonly performed blood tests. These tests can be used to assess liver functions or liver injury. An initial step in detecting liver damage is a simple blood test to determine the level of certain liver enzymes (proteins) in the blood.
Liver blood tests are used to check normal, elevated (high), and low blood levels of liver enzymes (AST and ALT or aminotransferases). Symptoms of elevated levels of liver enzymes are fever, abdominal pain, poor appetite, and nausea. Drugs, for example, acetaminophen (Tylenol), pain drugs, and statins caused high levels of liver enzymes. Less common causes are NASH, hepatitis, and alcoholism. <...
The numbers in a liver function test refer to blood levels of total protein, albumin, bilirubin and liver enzymes, according to WebMD. High or low levels can indicate the presence of liver damage or disease.
Liver function tests are blood tests used to help diagnose and monitor liver disease or damage. The tests measure the levels of certain enzymes and proteins in your blood. Some of these tests measure how well the liver is performing its normal functions of producing protein and clearing bilirubin, a blood waste product.
Your liver does all kinds of work that’s critical to your health. It helps break down food, clean your blood, make proteins, and store energy. If things go wrong with it, you might have a number ...
Re: High liver numbers -- What do they mean? Liver function tests consist of, besides ALT and AST, Albumin, Alkiline Phosphatase, Bilirubin total, Cholesterol, Globulin, LDH, Protien total, GGT (Gamma Glutamyl Transferase) and probably some liver enzyme tests such as B.U.N. (Blood, Urea, Nitrogen), Uric acid and Creatinine.
All in all, high liver enzymes in your blood test results, most likely mean that there is some kind of damage taking place in your liver. The process can be caused by a lot of things ranging anywhere from the glass of wine you’ve had the night before to a bad case of gallstones—there’s little specificity in lab numbers.
If you’re like most of my patients, you’ve probably looked over the alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations in your blood test results and wondered what it all means. So to empower my readers, here is a simplified guide to understanding your blood test results.
A liver enzyme test can be especially difficult to understand. The letters that appear on your dog’s test results will probably include AST, ALT, ALP and GGT … but what is this alphabet soup? If your dog’s had his labs checked recently and those tests show elevated liver enzymes, you need to understand what this means.
Elevated liver enzymes - should I be concerned with these numbers? hammertap. I recently got the results of a blood test back, and got the following: Bilirubin: 1.4 AST : 46 ALT : 94 GGT : 65 All of these are above normal. I am a 35/yo male in good health. I drink very little (1-5 drinks a week, perhaps), am not overweight, and have a good ...