InnovAiT, 11(6), 347–348 Demystifying liver function tests Dr Kunal Chawathey GP Trainer, Birmingham Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reviewing blood results is a part of the daily routine of general practice. While grossly abnormal results may be straight forward to interpret from a diagnostic perspective, GPs are often faced with near-normal values when assessment requires sound clinical judgement and risk management skills. In the following article, Dr Chawathey discusses how to evaluate abnormal liver tests from a primary care perspective. . Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP): ALP comes from biliary duct lining One of the dilemmas often faced by primary care clinicians is deciding and bones. Marked elevation along with raised GGT (below) is when to delve deeper into a slightly abnormal blood result. Abnormal typical of cholestasis, while an isolated rise suggests renal or liver function tests (LFTs) are an increasingly common ﬁnding in pri- bone disease. mary care, partly owing to the growing number of individuals with . Gamma glutaryl transferase (GGT): Although a non-speciﬁc marker non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In this article, we look at the for liver disease owing to its source from hepatocytes as well as common liver investigations and how to action abnormal LFTs in biliary epithelial
InnovAiT: Education and inspiration for general practice – SAGE
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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