A liver function and health panel.
The Hepatic Function panel checks numerous areas of health that can affect the liver. The panel includes the following:
Albumin (Alb): Low levels may indicate nephrotic syndrome, heart failure, liver disease or inadequate protein consumption. Levels may be elevated in cased of dehydration.
Globulin: A measurement of all blood proteins other than Albumin
Albumin/Globulin Ratio: The ratio of Albumin versus all other blood proteins.
Total Bilirubin(Bil): Low levels are normally not considered concerning or alarming. High levels may indicate cirrhosis, alcohol abuse, hemolytic disease, anorexia, hepatitis or neoplasm.
Direct Bilirubin: Relates to conjugated bilirubin.
Indirect Bilirubin: Relates to unconjugated bilirubin
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP): High levels may indicate liver damage or disease. High levels may also indicate the presence of increase cell activity in the bone.
AST: Low levels may indicate a deficiency in Vitamin B6, uremia or certain types of drug treatment. High levels may indicate hepatitis, cirrhosis, drug use, biliary disease or alcohol abuse.
ALT: Low levels are normally not considered concerning or alarming. High levels may indicate hepatitis, cirrhosis, drug use, biliary disease or alcohol abuse.
Recommended with Hepatic Function Panel
Is Fasting Required? No
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