liver (hepatic) function panel is a blood test to check how well the liver is working. This test measures the blood
levels of total protein, albumin, bilirubin, and liver enzymes. High or low levels may mean that liver
damage or disease is present.
The liver serves several important functions in
the body, including changing nutrients into energy for the body and breaking down
Your doctor may order a liver function panel if you have symptoms
of liver disease. These symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellowing
of your eyes or skin (jaundice), dark yellow urine, and feeling very
tired. This blood test also may be done if you have recently been exposed to a hepatitis virus or are taking a medicine that
may cause liver damage.
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Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen
Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD -
Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerW.
Thomas London, MD - Internal Medicine, Hepatology
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