Evaluation of abnormal liver function tests

Med Clin North Am. 1996 Sep;80(5):887-906. doi: 10.1016/s0025-7125(05)70472-7.


Although the liver can be affected in a wide range of disorders, the differential diagnosis of abnormal liver function tests can be substantially narrowed by a comprehensive history and physical examination and by the recognition of relatively distinct biochemical patterns of liver injury. Although referral to a specialist may be required for the performance of, for example, percutaneous liver biopsy and long-term management of chronic liver disease, a presumptive diagnosis can usually be made in the vast majority of patients who present to primary care physicians with abnormal liver function tests.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver / injuries
  • Liver / physiopathology
  • Liver Diseases / diagnosis
  • Liver Diseases / physiopathology
  • Liver Function Tests*
  • Male