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. 2014 Feb 5-11;110(6):17-9.

What Is the Purpose of Liver Function Tests?

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What Is the Purpose of Liver Function Tests?

Andrew Blann. Nurs Times. .


The liver is the body's largest single discrete organ. It has four major functions: metabolism and synthesis; excretion; storage; and the detoxification of potential poisons. These diverse functions mean that a single test does not give enough information to assess fully how the liver is functioning; at least five different liver function tests are required. This article, part 2 in a four-part series, discusses the information on acute and chronic liver disease that these tests can provide, and how disease affects liver function.

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